Bike Works teaches low-income youth from underserved Seattle neighborhoods how to repair and safely ride bicycles in the city, providing an outlet for exercise as well as a means of transportation. Income from a nonprofit community Bike Shop helps fund the organization's several youth cycling programs, including eight-week Earn-A-Bike sessions, during which students ages 9–17 work to restore recycled bicycles under expert guidance. After 18 hours of community service in the program, each youth may select a bike to repair and keep for themselves.
To provide easier access to cycling for students who find it difficult to obtain bicycles, Bike Works brings a one-day workshop to spots around Seattle as part of its UGottaGetABike program. Low-income youth learn how to change flat tires, reconnect rogue chains, and ride safely. At the end of each session, each student receives a bike of their own, each refurbished by pupils in the Earn-A-Bike program, as well as a bicycle lock and helmet. The Fall 2011 session of UGottaGetABike will run at four locations: New Holly Youth and Family Center, Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, South Shore K-8, and Van Asselt Elementary.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help Bike Works provide safety and safekeeping equipment to students in its Earn-A-Bike program. If G-Team members raise $420, then Bike Works can provide bicycle locks and helmets to 14 students in need. Each additional $10 raised will help provide a bicycle lock and helmet for a student in another class of the Earn-A-Bike program.
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