The Bike Depot offers programs for adults and youth to earn donated bicycles through education and service work. All programs require participants take a class on safe riding, minor repairs and other services the Bike Depot offers. Most programs also require participants fix up their chosen bike with the help of our volunteer mechanics.
The Earn A Bike program is made possible by the generous support of our bicycle donors and funders. Unwanted bikes, which would otherwise end up in landfills, are refurbished by the members of our community who need them the most. If you would like to donate a bike or host a bicycle drive in your community please click HERE to learn more.
Our goals are to create new cyclists in order to increase personal health and wellness, provide viable transportation solutions for commuting and trips to the store and around the city, and to help repair the environment locally and globally. We believe that giving people the power of autonomy and freedom a bike provides improves our community in small, but very important ways. Bikes can change the world and we are making that happen one donated and earned bicycle at a time.
Three easy steps to earning your own bicycle
1. Attend the Earn A Bike Orientation Class
Our Earn A Bike Orientation class is an interactive hands-on experience where participants learn the basics of bicycle safety, maintenance, and bicycle theft prevention. Topics covered include: how to ride a bicycle in traffic safetly, proper helmet usage, fixing a flat, maintaining your bicycle, checking for worn/broken parts, performing a safety check on your bicycle, and bicycle theft prevention. These classes are held on Saturday afternoons and advanced registration is highly recommended.
2. Give Your Time
Once you've attended the EAB Orientation Class, you will be asked to complete 3 hours of community service. You may volunteer yout time at the Bike Depot, choose another organization we have pre-approved, or choose an organization of your choice*.
3. Build Your Bike
The third and final step of the program is to come to the Bike Depot, pick out your bike, and spend about 3 hours working on it with the help of a BD volunteer. Upon successful completion of the program, you will also receive a helmet, lock, and headlight. Build A Bike appointments are only available at the following times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 1pm-4pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm, and Fridays 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm. These times are not flexible, so please consult your schedule when considering whether or not to do the program.
If you're ready to sign up to participate in the program, the first step is to schedule your Orientation Class. These do fill up as space is limited. You may call the shop during open hours or stop by.
By phone, please call us at 303-393-1963 and select extension 2. Please be ready to leave a message with your name, number, address and someone will get back to you in a timely manner to schedule your Orientation.
To date, 1,462 bicycles have been earned through our Earn A Bike program!
Call or stop by the Bike Depot to register or if you have any questions about the program.