PEDAL has several excellent and under-development educational programs. The most obvious and accessible of these is Our Community Bikes, which always has space available for customers to work on their own bikes with instruction from one (or, usually, more) of our mechanics/instructors. There's also the monthly Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, which happens on the first Thursday of every month. In partnership with Trips for Kids Vancouver, PEDAL is running a youth program called Earn A Bike, a free 5 week long workshop that lets Vancouver youth build up - and keep! - their very own bicycle. And, finally, our staff can run workshops on demand for youth and community groups on bicycle mechanics, maintenance and safety. See below for information on our school programs and visit our website for further details.
After School Bikes!
After School Bikes! works to break down barriers keeping Vancouver youth from enjoying the social, health, environmental and recreational benefits of bikes. The program partners with school to deliver FREE 2 hour in-class bicycle safety and maintenance workshops. 5 partner schools in 2008-9 have been confirmed and 10 partner schools in 2009-10 with 5 available spaces left. The program provides bikes, tools, maps, instructors. . . all we need is a space on-site to work and play.
Earn-A-Bike (EAB) is a FREE pre-employment experience as well as an out-of-school learning opportunity for Vancouver youth ages 12 to18. The Earn-A-Bike program gives youth a chance to build there very own bike, while learning basic bike mechanics and bike safety. Ongoing sessions are held throughout the year, with a new session starting ~ once every 6 weeks. Staff are available to give in-class presentations about the program to outreach to youth.