Neighborhood Bike Works' graduate level programs keep youth engaged, allow them to practice repair and riding skills, and provide weekend activities.
Youth must have completed Earn-A-Bike, Summer Camp, or Ride Club to be eligible to participant in any graduate level programs. Some graduate programs have additional age restrictions. These are noted below in the program description. All graduate programs are FREE and all programs meet at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Upcoming Group Ride/Event Schedule:
Saturday, November 3, 2018: Our annual Major Taylor ride is the last ride of the season. We invite youth graduates, parents, and community supporters to join us for a ride to the Navy Yard. We'll enjoy one of Philly's newest public art displays and share a meal at FDR park. Youth graduates can borrow fleet bikes, water bottles, and cold weather gear. The ride will meet at our shop at 10am and return to NBW by 3pm. Please RSVP with this form with this form.
Explore Philadelphia parks, watesheds, and green spaces! Ride a mountain bike on some of our region's best bike trails!
Freedom Riders is for youth 12 to 18 who have finished either Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, or NBW's Summer Camp. This is a ride program where we'll explore Philly's green-spaces and watershed areas, with an emphasis on learning about our watershed environments and enjoying all the sights, sounds, and bike trails they have to offer.
Program Schedule: Fall 2019. Dates TBA.
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:15 PM
Location: This class meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Drop-In Repair Clinics:
Fix your bike! Drop-In sessions are Saturday open shop sessions for graduates to continue learning and practicing bike mechanic skills. Youth must have completed Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, or Summer Camp in order to participate. Students can continue work on the bike they've earned, begin work on a new project, or help with tasks around the shop to earn additional credit hours. These credit hours will allow them to purchase new bikes, parts, and accessories.
By participating in Drop-In, youth can stay engaged in our programs, advance their knowledge, and gain further opportunities to work with us through internships, apprenticeships, and summer jobs.
Program Schedule: Drop-In is a year round program offered on Saturdays at 3939 Lancaster Ave. Occasionally, we close the shop during the holidays. Please call to make sure we are open. Drop-In runs from 10:00AM - 2:00PM on Saturdays.
Cadence Cycling Team:
Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) fosters healthy habits, independence, and leadership, one ride at a time. Through the sport of cycling, our Philadelphia youth learn about teamwork, perseverance, and goal-setting. When you join team NBW, you open up a wealth of opportunities. BCYC runs spring and summer teams in schools, housing development sites, and rec centers throughout Philadelphia.
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. Our spring season culminates with a ride up “The Wall” when all BCYC youth get to ride along the route of the Philadelphia Cycling Classic!
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.
BCYC is made possible through a partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Program Schedule: Spring program. March 11 - June 4. Practice runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. There will also be events on several Saturdays.
Location: Practice meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Books for Hours:
This program aims to engage youth in reading to promote self-awareness, awareness of African American history, critical thinking, and to encourage expression - including weighing in on real issues that youth see and experience. Through the "Books for Hours" program youth can read books from our bookshelf, discuss them with NBW staff or their peers, and earn points towards their next bike or bike accessory. Most books on the shelf share stories of African American history and culture - stories largely unrecognized or misrepresented in our books and reading lists. Any youth graduate can check out a book from us during any program - Drop In or another program that are enrolled in. Or, just stop in during office hours to peruse the shelf and pick up something of interest.
Youth Bike Summit:
The Youth Bike Summit is an annual summit, bringing together youth, staff, and other supporters from youth bike groups across the country. Youth have the opportunity to travel and participate in the national movement to promote bike advocacy and bike equity. The Summit consists of a series of workshops, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities all over the course of three days. The next Youth Bike Summit is scheduled for February 15th-17th in NYC.