YOUTH PROGRAMS: Recycle-A-Bicycle recognizes the bicycle as a resource to foster self-assurance and creativity among young people. We teach basic bicycle mechanics and repair, promote environmental stewardship, run a youth ride club, and lead workshops on recycled arts. Many of our students also participate in community events and projects, including volunteering as mechanics and marshals at benefit rides, refurbishing children’s bicycles for local charities and Kids Bike Swaps, and participating in bike rides and environmentally-focused events. Many of our youth participants go on to work in one of our stores or in bike shops throughout the city.
Earn-A-Bike: Students in our school-based programs have the opportunity to earn a bicycle. Once they have learned basic bicycle mechanics through RAB’s bike curriculum, students volunteer time after school and earn hours in exchange for a bicycle frame. Participants build bikes for themselves, friends, and family members, too.
Youth Internships: High school students learn basic bicycle mechanics at our store locations in exchange for school credit. Working with trained instructors, participants learn to use tools properly, overhaul the parts and systems of bicycles, and learn to diagnose repairs. RAB’s Internship Programs are held in the spring and fall semesters.
Kids Ride Club: In the spring, summer, and fall we take youth ages 10-17 on bicycle rides throughout New York City. We maintain a fleet of bicycles and provide helmets, all free of charge. Participants learn about safe cycling on city streets and group riding. Participants also learn firsthand about the benefits of eating well and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Parents and educators are encouraged to participate, too! Ride Club is generously supported through our community partners at Woodhull Hospital, New York Cycle Club, Bike New York, PS 257, and IS 318.
The Ride Club schedule runs from April through October and supports 18 scheduled destinations. All rides begin at 10am from our workspace in Long Island City, Queens at 46-01 5th Street. All participants must provide a signed permission slip to ride.
Summer Youth Employment Program: Every summer, RAB hosts a comprehensive Summer Youth Employment Program that teaches bike mechanics, promotes environmental stewardship, and promotes community service projects. SYEP is a federally funded program and is offered through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. (Link to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/home/home.shtml)
Recycled Arts: Through afternoon workshops, semester-long programs, or public art installations, we encourage young people to transform old bike parts in imaginative ways. For example, inner tubes serve as rubber stamps, old spokes become spoke flowers, tiny bike parts become earrings and necklaces, and colorful bike frames and wheels become tall flowers.
Bike Bonanzas: Recycle-A-Bicycle partners with Bike New York and the NYC Department of Transportation to offer free, fun activities for the whole family: a Kids Bike Swap, Bike Collection, Learn to Ride class for kids, Bike Driver’s Ed clinic for kids, and free helmets for kids and adults. Last year, Recycle-A-Bicycle reintroduced 636 children's bicycles to local communities free of charge through Bike Bonanzas. For rules and conditions, click here.