Earn-A-Bike is a learning and earning bicycle program. Over the course of the six-week program, participants will completely overhaul a bicycle while learning how to safely ride and navigate the city of Boston. During mechanics lessons, participants will be taught how to repair a part of the bicycle; then they’ll roll up their sleeves and do it themselves. On group bike rides, participants will learn the ins and outs of Boston’s system of bike lanes and paths, riding to and from parks, basketball courts and local businesses.
There are no lectures in Earn-A-Bike: you pick out a bike (choose from mountain, road, or BMX bikes), you learn how to rebuild it, and then you get to keep it! (as long as you’ve earned enough credits, that is)
Bikes Not Bombs runs five sessions of Earn-A-Bike each year for all youth aged 12-18. Girls are especially encouraged to sign up, and can also take the all-girls version of this course, called Girls In Action.
There are a limited number of spots available in Earn-A-Bike. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit.
To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the application (filled out) and payment (cash, check or money order) need to be submitted. Program cost is $25-$50 sliding scale - you decide how much you can pay. If you are unable to afford any class fee, you can submit a fee waiver request instead of payment, and this will not affect whether or not you are accepted to the course. If you are not accepted into the program for any reason, you will be notified and your program fee will be returned. Please mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.