OCBC's Earn A Bike program is an in-depth course of bike repair and riding for youth. By completing this program, students earn a refurbished basic mountain bike, with a new helmet and lock. With 15 hours of training in bike maintenance and safe cycling, this program is the most efficient way we can help young riders use bikes safely and effectively. Participants earn their bike by doing bike-repair tasks, and by learning and practicing safe-cycling Traffic Skills.
Kids have three ways to Earn A Bike at OCBC:
Take our Shop Class series (scholarships available) and Family Traffic Skills ride.
volunteer for 12 hours with a parent or designated adult and take our Family Traffic Skills ride.
- enroll in a summer Earn A Bike Camp through one of the community groups that we partner with. Please email for more information.
Anyone over 18 can earn a bike by Volunteering (but new locks and helmets are not included).
Schools or other groups interested in presenting an Earn A Bike program at their own location should look at our On-Site Earn A Bike page.
Volunteering with an adult
Any children, from the age of about 8 through 15 years old can earn a bike any time the shop is open by volunteering with a parent/legal guardian or other adult their parent has designated (such as a relative, caseworker, Big Brother or Big Sister, etc.). One adult may bring up to three children, and must work with them during the entire time they are here. Kids 16 and 17 years old can volunteer without a parent, once their parent provides a schedule of their visits and the release form below.
If designating another adult, or for kids over 15, parents are
urged to attend the orientation (below) or at least visit the shop to complete
our permission/release form, but the form is also available here if
necessary (please use one copy of this
form for each child):
Release Form (PDF file -- if needed, you can download the reader here)
Adults working with Earn A Bike students will also earn volunteering credits they may use in the same ways as any Volunteer, or may apply them towards an upgraded bike for their child (but the child must still meet the other Earn A Bike requirements).
The first step is to attend our Volunteer orientation on Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm with their parent and/or parent-designated adult. Then they work together with their adult, doing jobs that will teach them about bike repair, for 12 hours (during our open hours — our only requirement is to agree on a schedule of visits that last at least an hour). They may take (again, with their parent or designated adult) the required Family Traffic Skills ride after they have been volunteering for three hours.
Requirements for Earn A Bike program during retail hours at OCBC:
- be able to ride without training wheels (see How to Ride a Bike if needed)
- have a signed Release
- attend our Volunteer/member orientation
- Volunteer with a parent or parent-designated adult (if under 16 years old)
- volunteer from 1 to 3 hours per visit, for at least 12 hours
- provide a schedule of visits
- take Intro to Traffic Skills class
- not wear sandals, baggy pants, or hairstyles that make a helmet fit poorly
- follow our three rules: respect, resourcefulness, and reciprocity
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