Earn-a-Bike Program.

Our Earn-a-Bike program aims to provide a safe working bicycle to those who cannot afford to purchase a new bike, and to give participants the skills they need to maintain the bike is safe condition.

Earn-a-Bike participants learn how to fix bicycles through volunteering their time to work on community bikes and by learning from the Bike Kitchen mechanics.


After orientation with a Bike Kitchen mechanic, Earn-a-Bike participants can select a used bicycle from our donations to fix and/or re-build for themselves.

Participants can work on their own bike during open shop hours after volunteering for 30 minutes each time. This volunteer time can include working on other bicycles or completing tasks to keep the shop running smoothly.

Earn-a-Bike participants must attend open shop at least once per week to work on their project in order to keep that bicycle.

Community members who may be seeking to purchase a bicycle and are able to afford one may purchase one of our refurbished bicycles. This helps us keep our programs, including Earn-a-Bike, running so that other community members can access bikes.

Earn-a-Bike participants become invested in the care and maintenance of a bicycle that they built themselves and gain a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in having the skills to be independent.