All students enter NBW through one of our three entry-level programs: Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, or Summer Camp. These programs are designed to support youth in exploring new places, learning new skills, and working with their peers. After graduating from an Entry Level program, youth will be prepared for more advanced programs at NBW, such as those described on the Graduate Level page.
Learn how to fix bikes with specialty bike tools! In our Earn-A-Bike class youth learn the basics of bike repair and maintenance by fixing up a bike that has been donated to Neighborhood Bike Works. At Earn-A-Bike graduation, students are able to keep the bike they've refurbished and they can also bring home a lock and helmet. Additionally, the class includes lessons on safe urban riding, health, and nutrition.
All graduates of the Earn-A-Bike program can continue to work in the shop, earning hours they can trade for more bikes, parts, and accessories. Graduates also get the chance to participate in our many advanced level programs. Earn-A-Bike is free to the participants and open to youth ages 8 - 18.
Session 2: Earn-A-Bike for highschoolers: September 24 - November 12
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Session 1: Earn-A-Bike (ages 8-18): September 11 - October 25 (FILLED, applicants can join waitlist)
Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Class is held at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave. We both meet and dismiss from this location.
To Sign Up for Either Class: Once we recieve your application, the class instructor will call you to confirm enrollment and answer questions. Classes are limited to 12 students and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Classes fill quickly, but we do maintain a waitlist. If interested, please call Alex, our Mechanics Program Coordinator at (215) 386-0316 x 116
Ride Club is a four-week after-school program that enables youth ages 8-18 to explore Philadelphia by bike! Through group rides, youth explore natural, historic, and artistic spaces in West Philadlephia. Ride Club emphasizes bike safety and rules of the road, along with the joys of bicycle adventure. Youth will ride on Philadelphia streets and use trails and bike paths that are connected to initiatives such as The East Coast Greenway and Get Active 58! Ride Club curriculum includes lessons on health, fitness, and on-the-road bike repairs.
All Ride Club participants should know how to ride a bike and must be able to ride 20 minutes without a break. Neighborhood Bike Works can provide youth with a bike and helmet to use during rides.
Rides vary between two and six miles per day, and will also vary based on the ability of youth in the class. Ride Club is free. After completing Ride Club, youth have the opportunity to participate in Neighborhood Bike Works' graduate programs.
Next Classes: Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Spring 2019: TBD
Location: Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave. Classes meet and dismiss from Neighborhood Bike Works.
Sign Up: Classes are limited to 12 students and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Hold a spot in the next class by returning a completed Youth Application & Waiver. Our instructors will call the parent/guardian to discuss any potential scheduling conflicts or transportation issues before confirming enrollment.
* If you want Neighborhood Bike Works to offer a Ride Club class at your school or community center, please contact us to discuss details and fees.
To graduate, each participant is expected to attend 75% of classes. The first four clases are especially critical to students' success!
Kinetic Sculpture Class:
In NBW's Kinetic Sculpture Class students get to design and build kinetic sculptures with local artists. Through fun hands-on projects and activities, participants have the chance to make art MOVE! We will even enter the sculpture the class builds into the Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Students will have the chance to ride the sculpture and check out the other creative human powered kinetic sculptures in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby on May 19st!
Dates: Spring 2019, TBD.
Classes meet on Friday afternoons from 4:00-7:00 pm at our shop at 3939 Lancaster Ave. On Saturday, May 19, we will lead a group of youth on our Monthly Group Ride to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby to check out all the great designs in this family friendly event!
The Kinetic Sculpture Class is a FREE after-school program offered open to any youth between the ages 8 to 18.
Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) has offered our Summer Cycling Day Camp in West Philly since 2002. Our popular camp offers youth, ages 8-14, the opportunity to recondition and earn a bike, and receive a helmet and lock, all in just two weeks! Youth complete the Earn-A-Bike curriculum, participate in fun outdoor activities, go on educational field trips, and learn about safe cycling, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Classes are limited to 12 campers per session. Campers must already know how to ride a bike and must be able to ride a bike for 20 minutes without a rest.
NBW's Summer Camp is packed with activities that are fun and educational. You can be assured that your child will have a unique experience, make new friends, and be introduced to learning opportunities through our bicycle education program and field trips that include science, art, history, and exploring Philadelphia landmarks. Travel for all camp field trips is by bike. NBW will provide your child with a helmet and bike to use for the trips while they works on repairing the bike that they will earn. Summer Camp is not a free program, but we offer full and partial financial aid to families who would otherwise not be able to attend camp.
More details on our camp, including session dates and how to sign up, are here!
Cadence Youth Cycling (CYC) Summer Team
With road bikes sponsored by Fuji, participants develop their skills in racing their bike, try their hand in a Time Trial and Criterium race, ride places they’ve never been before, make new friends with young cyclists from other teams, and learn more about bicycling in Philadelphia.
Youth will be able to use a racing bike from BCYC and will be given some basic race team gear and accessories. Youth should always bring their helmet to practice and are welcome to bring other equipment if they would like. Philadelphia youth learn about teamwork, perseverance, and goal-setting. When you join team NBW, you open up a wealth of opportunities.
This team is made possible through a partnership with theBicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
The summer session is a 7-week entry-level program for youth ages 12+.
Program Schedule: TBD
Practice runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm.
Location: Practice meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.