At BBP, we are committed to giving every kid in the Treasure Valley the chance to experience the feeling of freedom and empowerment that many of us have on a bike. We do this by providing paths of opportunity for kids to engage in all of the benefits of biking and bike repair. The goal of our various programs is to keep kids of all ages and backgrounds, riding, learning, and active in the community.
Kid’s B.A.S.H (For ages 4-11)
Every month, from April to October, BBP offers a Bicycle Skills and Safety Hour (B.A.S.H.) for kids ages 4-11. Participants of the class will ride home with a free bike, a helmet, lights, and a lock. The hour long class features a 30 minute lesson going over safety skills such as hand signaling, followed by a 30 minute on-bike ride applying those skills. Parents/guardians must be present during the class.
Eligibility for each B.A.S.H. is dependent on the height of each kid and the pool of bicycles we have available each month. We initially work with our community partners to identify specific kids in need of a bike, but also will open registration to the public for any remaining spots.
Kid’s B.A.S.H.’s are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and those interested in participating must register by calling our shop beforehand at (208) 429-6520. When registering, we will need the kid’s height in inches. Spots for the class can fill before the end of the registration period.
Youth Earn-a-Bike (For ages 12-18)
Over the course of the year, BBP teaches a educational bike program for Youth ages 12-18 called Youth-Earn-a-Bike. Students of the program can earn a free bike by going through a series of bike maintenance and safety classes.
A student gets the to pick their bike beforehand, and then will go over a specific part of bike to overhaul at each class. This gives a chance for them to wrench on their new bike, as well as gain teamwork, self-sufficiency, and mechanic skills within a safe, supportive, and respectful environment. Once a student has completed all of the classes, including a riding skills lesson, the bike will be theirs to take home. They will also be provided with lights, a helmet, lights, and a lock to keep them rolling!
In the summer, the program runs every other week, Monday through Friday from 9-11am at the BBP. And during the school year, for three weeks on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm, with a week break from each section. Students are expected to have their own transportation to and from our shop.
Individuals interested in participating should email our Youth Programs Coordinator for availability. Each class caps at 4 students.
Holiday Kid’s Bike Giveaway (For ages 4-11)
Every December, BBP hosts a massive kids bike giveaway for kids ages 4-11.
Kids are referred to us by local non-profit organizations, schools, social workers, after school programs, and other like-minded organizations.
Our volunteer and staff at each event facilitates a bike and helmet fit section, a safety skills course, and a chance to decorate each bike. In 2017, BBP donated 320 bikes in one day.
If your organization would like to refer a kid, please contact Christa at email@example.com.
We know that many of the kids we give bikes may experience problems with their bike after they leave our shop. To make sure their bikes keep rolling all year round, we provide repair help through a variety of programs.
If your youth-based organization would like to schedule a night to bring bikes down for help with repairs, or if you know an area in need of a mobile fix-it, let our Youth Programs Coordinator know!
Kid’s Fix-It Night
Twice a month, kids from the community (accompanied by an adult) can bring their bike to work hands on with our team of volunteer mechanics to repair or maintain their bicycle free of charge!
This event runs every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm at our shop. On the 4th Tuesday, we also host a community potluck for any volunteer or kid that attends the event.
The Max Mobile Fix-It
Not all kids always have the means to fix their bike or come to a Kid’s Fix-It Night. This is why we bring our free repair station on the road!
From April to October, BBP pedals The Max Mobile Fix-It repair trailer to community centers, schools, apartment complexes, and anywhere around Boise that is in need of help. We put the tools in the kids’ hands and guide them through fixing their bikes.
Youth Work Trade
While our shop is open, youth can build credit for shop time, membership, and used bicycle parts by contributing time to BBP’s other community programs.
Each 1/2 hour of volunteer work is equal to $12 shop credit.
This is a great opportunity for Youth to engage in the community, as well as learn bike skills!