Bike Clark County operates three main programs:
School Safety Course
Currently our largest program and the one we are most proud of, is the Middle School Bicycle Education Course.
– Joe Gruelich –
For over a decade we’ve taught hundreds of kids a year how to ride safely and responsibly during gym class.
BCC can help your P.E. Teachers develop a course that is suitable for your school. Courses are usually conducted during P.E. Class but weekend and after school models are possible. The program consists of classroom-based lessons, bike practice on the playground and culminates in a group neighborhood ride around the school.
BCC is able to assist with helmets for each participant and provide a fleet of matching, well maintained training bicycles. Our volunteers will coordinate with your school to deliver the bikes, perform a helmet fitting and get your class rolling along.
Earn a Bike Camp
Participants in the Earn-a-Bike program receive a free used-bike, gain bike maintenance skills, and volunteer with a great organization!
By equipping participants with repair skills and introducing them to Bike Clark County, the Earn-a-Bike program contributes to Bike Clark County’s mission to empower community members with increased education and access to bikes as reliable, affordable transportation.
This 8-hour program teaches more than just bicycle maintenance. We believe our youth should be challenged to give back to their community. By working in our shop they are held accountable for their actions to show up on time, follow instructions and work as a team. They’ll learn how to use tools and basic repairs but they’ll also work on leadership skills and self-confidence. Upon completion of 8 hours of work they’ll receive a sweet, refurbished bicycle, a new helmet and the satisfaction of working on their own bike and doing something great!
Regrettably, we have expenses associated with this program. We estimate it costs approximately $100 per student to conduct the camp. You can sponsor a child by making a cash donation or donating a bicycle or supplies to offset the cost. Some scholarships are available.
Bike to Leadership
Developing community leaders through mentoring – using a bicycle as the vehicle for change.
Vancouver youth now have the opportunity to gain valuable life/work skills and obtain a CPR / First Aid certification while also learning about basic bicycle mechanics and having fun! Vancouver high school kids will also be awarded the title of “Community Bicycle Leader” and will have the opportunity to help our community by volunteering in the Bike Clark County shop, repairing bikes for kids, and teaching children how to ride responsibly.
Workshop Aims and Outcomes
By the end of an eight-week workshop, the youth will gain employable skills that will help them work within our community. Learning outcomes will fall into eight blocks of content mastery:
- Bicycle maintenance and safety
- Health: CPR (certification), First Aid (certification), self-regulation and healthy coping, health and fitness, substance abuse prevention
- Community outreach
- Teaching and mentoring
- Employability – interview skills, resume building, presentation, self-confidence
- Advocacy for change – how local government works
It is Bike Clark County’s goal to create the future bike leaders of Clark County.
This program is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with Bike Clark County, Clark County Public Health, and Vancouver School District. Program is run by Preston Antisdel and Aaron Gibson.