A program that the Rockville Bike Hub runs in conjunction with the City of Rockville gives bikes to 1st through 5th grade students in the City. As part of this program, the students have to perform six "good deeds" documented by a parent or other adult. This seems to correspond well with the idea that the typical elementary school child may not be a good candidate for a typical earn-a-bike program, but provides them with an alternative way to earn a bike. Students in middle school and high school are best suited to a more typical earn-a-bike program. In Maryland, students are also required to have a certain number of Student Service Learning (SSL) hours to graduate high school. Learning about bike maintenance and repair while helping to fix bikes for the younger kids is a great win-win situation.

Steve Andruski 
The Rockville Bike Hub

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 11:12 AM Jimmy Hallyburton <jimmy@boisebicycleproject.org> wrote:
Hey Sylvie, 

Here are a couple of articles about ages and stages of youth development that might be helpful. 

I find the 9-11 year range pretty fascinating when it comes to bikes, as you can really begin to see some of the independence begin to form. You could probably look at some of the characteristics within the development stages and make an argument of how earn-a-bike would make a positive addition to these stages of development. You could also look at that 6-11 year old age groups and see how some of those ages might be a little young to go through the requirements of some earn-a-bike programs. 

At the Boise Bicycle Project, we donate bikes to kids 11 and under and have an EAB program for kids 12-18 years old. In our experience, we've found a lot of kids lack the independence to get down to our workspace one their own, making Earn-a-bike a lot more difficult. We've also found the attentions span at that age makes it more difficult to have a more lengthy structured program. There are definitely exceptions, and we've allowed some younger kids in to our EAB programs. 

For those kids under 12, our bike giveaway program still requires a completion of a 30 minute bike safety class that we hold at the same time they get their bike. You could argue that this is earning component, where the kids are still investing some time.

Hopefully those articles can help provide a little assistance. Good luck!

Ride On!

Jimmy Hallyburton
Founder / Executive Director
Boise Bicycle Project
1027 Lusk St Boise, ID 83706

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On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 9:13 AM, Sylvie Baele <sylvgrb@gmail.com> wrote:
Alright friends, I am reaching out for some resources.. I have a meeting soon with a guy who has an organization which gives away bikes. "Second Chance Bikes"

Now, I don't disagree with giving people bikes... but I think the bike collective model (like earn-a-bike) is more empowering and sustainable long-term. And of course encourages safer riding, all while building community... 

Got any resources  (or data) that can help support my/our position? I am a bit nervous as my meeting is with an older white male and I'm a younger female. He's already mansplained me once before.


Sylvie Baele

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