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 held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Those interested in registering should email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Child's full name
Child's height in inches** (accurate height is necessary for proper bike sizing)
Child's favorite colors
Can the child ride a bike? yes/no
Parent's contact info
We will respond to let you know whether there are spots available, since the class can fill before the end of the registration period.
Youth Earn-a-Bike (For ages 12-18)
BBP provides opportunities throughout the year for youth to earn bicycles through volunteering, and to learn basic bicycle maintenance and riding safety through summer classes. These programs are free, but registration is required.
If you are age 12 through 18 and you need a bicycle, you can…
…attend Volunteer Orientation and participate in 4 Thursday Volunteer Nights, exchanging 6 hours of volunteering for a bicycle and help fixing it up on the fourth night.
…participate in a full day Youth Learn-a-Bike class that provides an introduction to safe riding and basic bicycle maintenance, including servicing bearing systems and adjusting brakes. Students will choose their bike in the morning and work on it throughout the day. Classes fall on select Thursdays through the summer and Saturdays during the school year and run from 10am to 6pm.
Individuals in need of a bike and interested in earning one through the Boise Bicycle Project should request that their school counselor or social worker reach out to our Youth Programs Coordinator at email@example.com with a referral.
If you are age 12 through 18 and you have a bicycle that you would like to learn more about, you can…
…attend Volunteer Orientation and participate in Thursday volunteer nights. Earn shop merchandise with the hours you log!
…participate in a full day Youth Learn-a-Bike class (see above). Priority is given to youth in need of bicycles, but registration is open to everyone.
Email our Youth Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with interest.
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 2018, BBP donated our biggest haul yet at 607 bikes in one day!
If your organization would like to refer a child, please email email@example.com for a copy of the registration form.
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 Thursday of each month from 6-8pm at our shop.
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!