March 2-April 27
Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 pm
Community Spokes (Lakehead University Bike Shack)
Application deadline: February 20, 2017
In this FREE 8-week program, youth completely rebuild a bike that they get to keep! The program is for youth aged 13-19 who do not own a bicycle. Youth with non-working bicycles may also apply.
Youth Earn-a-Bike gives participants mechanical skills, cycling safety skills, and an affordable and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. Youth who complete the program earn a refurbished bicycle, lock, helmet, bell, and lights.
The objective of the Earn-a-Bike project is to promote life-long active and healthy living by giving youth access to bicycles, knowledge about maintenance, and skills to navigate Thunder Bay's roads and cycling facilities safely. Based on the Youth Earn-a-Bike program developed by B!ke, Peterborough's Community Cycling Hub, Thunder Bay's Earn-a-Bike program is team taught by a bike mechanic, assistant mechanic, and Safe Cycling Thunder Bay instructor.
The program will provide youth with an affordable form of transportation, engage youth in their community through cycling, and develop mechanical and on-road skills that support life-long use of active transportation. A major barrier to active transportation is access to bicycles. The program will offer youth new ways to participate in cycling education and create youth ambassadors for cycling safety.
We particularly encourage youth who are First Nations, low-income, LGBTQ, female, or at-risk to apply.
For more information, contact Caroline at 624-2144 or ecosuperior%23org|Caroline.