Giving kids the chance to
dream more — and live more.
The St. Louis Bicycle Works Earn-A-Bike programs aim to teach kids that they can set goals — and reach them. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to dream and to follow those dreams, by challenging themselves, testing their abilities and reaching for more.
During this free program, kids attend a series of hands-on courses held one day a week for six weeks. They learn about bikes, including maintenance and safety, but the other lessons they learn are even more valuable. They learn to solve problems individually and as a group. They also learn a sense of responsibility — as students must attend every session to graduate. Upon graduation, kids receive their own bike, helmet, light and lock and participate in a group safety ride with adults and peers.
This class is for those kids that have either never learned to ride a bike or who need to build their confidence when riding. The class uses tested methods which enable even those who have never ridden before to become confident riders in a short time. This class is composed of all the elements of Earn-A-Bike plus three additional days devoted to learning to ride.
requests for kids bikes
Each year Bicycle Works refurbishes kids bikes for other youth-based organizations. In general, these are small bikes that we cannot use in our programs. Each year we donate 300-500 of these bicycles. If your organization would like to be considered for a donation please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that organizations requesting donations be able to provide helmets to the youth who will receive the bikes.
The Earn-a-Bike program is for children between 8 and 17 who can commit to attending class on six consecutive Saturdays. To know about upcoming courses, please fill out our “wait-list form” and indicate the courses you are interested in. You will receive information about new classes via Eventbrite.