Our Programs

SUMMER BICYCLE SKILLS CAMP

BikeClarkCounty-SummerCamp

Campers will have a wonderful time learning the skills and rules of the road including hand signals, navigating through intersections, avoiding road obstacles and yielding to pedestrians.

They will perform bicycle safety checks and emergency roadside repairs. The children will experience field trips like the Fort Vancouver Visitors Center, Pearson Air Museum, the Water Resources Education Center,  Marshal Park and other local parks. The students will ride through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and enter the park for a guided tour as another example. Our camps often have repeat students as they have fun learning about biking while going on local field trips. Camps are for children ages 6-9 and 10-14.

GOALS

  1. By the end of the camp, bikers will know the proper hand signals and how to ride safely with other cyclists and in the community.
  2. Campers will have visited our local parks and experienced the National Historic Site right in our backyard.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Must be able to ride unassisted on two wheels.
  • Must feel comfortable riding with traffic.
  • Must be able to steer with one hand while using hand signals.
  • Campers will ride an average of 4-10 miles a day depending on age and ability.
  • Helmets are mandatory and will be provided if necessary.
  • We encourage students to bring their own bicycle to use once it passes a safety check. If not, a bike may be provided for the duration.

SCHEDULE & COST

KIDS AGE 6-9

KIDS AGE 10-14

Upon connecting with us about availability, we will send you an invoice for your registration.  You can via credit card, paypal or by check in person, or by mail at 1604 Main Street, 98660 to complete your registration.

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.

YOUTH "EARN-A-BIKE" CAMP

On hold due to funding

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 $300 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.

BIKE2LEADERSHIP

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.

DONATE A BIKE

We accept everything bike related (please no joggers, scooters,  or other damaged items). We in-turn, fix up your donations and get them back into our community. 

No need to contact us for a donation, just drop it off anytime during our Bike Shop open hours. Any questions, email our shop here.

PLEASE CLEAN off any donations prior to dropping them off by wiping them down with soap & water. This allows us more time to get more bikes back into the community!