Miami’s Youth Bike: “Youth-Driven Cyclable Bike Goodness”

Youth Bike is a growing non-profit organization that is building community by teaching kids and their families how to build, maintain and safely ride bicycles for fun and transportation. The South Florida Bike Coalition is partnering with them to make sure that your well-loved but forgotten bicycles get in the hands of kids who need them. We want your old, abandoned, unused bicycles and parts! It would be great if you can bring them to the workshop in Little Haiti but we’re happy to pick them up, too.

Some of Youth Bike’s 2010 Summer Projects:

  1. Monthly Community Bikes Rides in the City of Miami: Like Bike Miami Rides, these events seek to bring parents and kids together to promote safer riding habits on our city streets. Free and open to anyone.
  2. Youth Bike TACOLCY: This afterschool program in Liberty City is a partnership with the University of Miami BikeSafe program.
  3. Adult Mechanics courses coming soon! 5 weekly classes, starting in July, will provide you with a full course of instruction on bicycle mechanics and repair. Learn from the professionals and all money goes to Youth Bike!
  4. Bike Valet! Does your event need bike valet services? Youth Bike is mobilizing kids and volunteers to bring this important service to events big and small.

We’re really excited about working with people who understand the power of the bicycle to build community, promote healthy living and inspire and educate kids. If you would like to get more involved, you can reach the co-directors directly via email or on their facebook page here.

Let me just say – the Youth Bike Workshop is incredible! It’s like a secret den of bicycle love, filled with bikes of every size and type, ready for kids to make their own. The space is home to regular classes open to the public; check out their facebook page for more details. If you love bicycles and appreciate getting a little grease on you once in a while, this could be the volunteer project for you.

Youth Bike also needs donations of bicycle helmets and maintenance tools and is looking for a bicycle-loving business-minded intern. (And we are, too!)

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About Kathryn Moore / South Florida Bike Coalition

I'm the President of the South Florida Bike Coalition - a 100% volunteer organization of people dedicated to using their skills and experience to effect more, better bicycling from the Keys to Martin County.

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