[TheThinkTank] Thethinktank Digest, Vol 184, Issue 2

Dylan Horne dylanrosshorne at gmail.com
Mon Feb 7 03:47:00 PST 2022


Here are the reference sheets we provide for Earn A BIke folks. -Dylan

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> From: Dylan Horne <dylanrosshorne at gmail.com>
> To: thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
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> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2022 06:13:47 -0500
> Subject: [TheThinkTank] Earn A Bike Programs
> Hi Y'all,
>
> At The Pedal Factory in Salisbury, NC, we developed a worksheet for
> Earn-A-Bike folks to work through (attached). The worksheet guides them
> through our shop mission, basic bike maintenance skills, how to select a
> bike, learning the parts of the bike and common tools, as well as safe
> riding techniques. They also complete 3 volunteer tasks around the shop, as
> their sweat equity contribution. Depending on the need for that day, it
> could be cleaning up, sorting parts, unloading the trailer, moving bikes,
> or whatever special task might need to be done. They also breakdown one
> bike, usually a junker, to get salvageable parts for our used parts
> inventory, and to introduce them to turning wrenches. It's much easier to
> have people take bikes apart than to try and teach each of them the ins and
> outs of fixing up whole bikes.
>
> We have volunteers prepare bikes that are potential earn-a-bikes, usually
> department store bikes that we value around $100. More expensive bikes can
> be earned, but the participant must volunteer additional hours/tasks to
> make up the difference, or pay the difference. The volunteers get the bikes
> to 90-95% ready to go, so that we can check over the bike with the
> Earn-A-Bike participant and fix a thing or two and get them on their way.
> Once the worksheet is completed, the participant earns their chosen bike, a
> helmet, lights and a lock. We take each person on a safety ride to insure
> safe riding techniques and to answer additional questions.
>
> Folks must sign up for Earn-A-Bikes and we have two slots each open shop
> day for Earn-A-Bikes. About 60% of people actually come back for their
> allotted time. Having folks sign up helps us to manage our time, as well as
> reducing the amount of folks that just want to walk in and get a free bike.
> We tell folks that it takes 6-8 hours to complete (2 shop days), but some
> folks are really proficient and can finish it in 4 hours or so.
>
> Before this, we had a set amount of volunteer hours that must be
> completed to earn a bike. We decided to switch to the worksheet to keep
> folks focused on what they needed to accomplish, increasing most folks'
> ability to work independently. We also created some reference materials
> that contain the answers to the worksheets, so folks have a nice laminated
> guide to go by.  When we had an hour based system, a lot of staff and
> volunteer time was spent trying to get people focused on productive things
> instead of just waiting to get the hours.
>
> We have a similar program for youth, with a similar worksheet that they
> work through. We don't require youth to complete volunteer tasks or
> breakdown bikes, but some participate in these ways voluntarily.
>
> In 2021, 88 people completed earn-a-bikes. The worksheet system was really
> helpful in delivering uniform requirements and expectations for all
> participants. It also provides a great way for us to track the demographics
> and how many people utilize this service.
>
> Thanks,
> Dylan
>
> --
> Dylan Horne, Ph.D.
> They / Them
> freewheelingdylan.wordpress.com
>
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: cyclista at inventati.org
> To: thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
> Cc:
> Bcc:
> Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 16:26:58 +0000
> Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Earn A Bike Programs
> Dylan, I love the idea of a worksheet to keep participants focused and a
> workbook to reference for basic things; having basic reference
> materials, for instance hanging at each workstand, could also de-center
> the instructor in potentially useful ways.
>
> Are the reference materials handy to upload as well? That would be
> interesting to see.
>
> ~cyclista Nicholas
>
> On 2022-02-02 11:13, Dylan Horne wrote:
> > Hi Y'all,
> >
> > At The Pedal Factory in Salisbury, NC, we developed a worksheet for
> > Earn-A-Bike folks to work through (attached). The worksheet guides them
> > through our shop mission, basic bike maintenance skills, how to select
> > a
> > bike, learning the parts of the bike and common tools, as well as safe
> > riding techniques. They also complete 3 volunteer tasks around the
> > shop, as
> > their sweat equity contribution. Depending on the need for that day, it
> > could be cleaning up, sorting parts, unloading the trailer, moving
> > bikes,
> > or whatever special task might need to be done. They also breakdown one
> > bike, usually a junker, to get salvageable parts for our used parts
> > inventory, and to introduce them to turning wrenches. It's much easier
> > to
> > have people take bikes apart than to try and teach each of them the ins
> > and
> > outs of fixing up whole bikes.
> >
> > We have volunteers prepare bikes that are potential earn-a-bikes,
> > usually
> > department store bikes that we value around $100. More expensive bikes
> > can
> > be earned, but the participant must volunteer additional hours/tasks to
> > make up the difference, or pay the difference. The volunteers get the
> > bikes
> > to 90-95% ready to go, so that we can check over the bike with the
> > Earn-A-Bike participant and fix a thing or two and get them on their
> > way.
> > Once the worksheet is completed, the participant earns their chosen
> > bike, a
> > helmet, lights and a lock. We take each person on a safety ride to
> > insure
> > safe riding techniques and to answer additional questions.
> >
> > Folks must sign up for Earn-A-Bikes and we have two slots each open
> > shop
> > day for Earn-A-Bikes. About 60% of people actually come back for their
> > allotted time. Having folks sign up helps us to manage our time, as
> > well as
> > reducing the amount of folks that just want to walk in and get a free
> > bike.
> > We tell folks that it takes 6-8 hours to complete (2 shop days), but
> > some
> > folks are really proficient and can finish it in 4 hours or so.
> >
> > Before this, we had a set amount of volunteer hours that must be
> > completed to earn a bike. We decided to switch to the worksheet to keep
> > folks focused on what they needed to accomplish, increasing most folks'
> > ability to work independently. We also created some reference materials
> > that contain the answers to the worksheets, so folks have a nice
> > laminated
> > guide to go by.  When we had an hour based system, a lot of staff and
> > volunteer time was spent trying to get people focused on productive
> > things
> > instead of just waiting to get the hours.
> >
> > We have a similar program for youth, with a similar worksheet that they
> > work through. We don't require youth to complete volunteer tasks or
> > breakdown bikes, but some participate in these ways voluntarily.
> >
> > In 2021, 88 people completed earn-a-bikes. The worksheet system was
> > really
> > helpful in delivering uniform requirements and expectations for all
> > participants. It also provides a great way for us to track the
> > demographics
> > and how many people utilize this service.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Dylan
> >
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Dylan Horne, Ph.D.
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