Sure – bikes are great for exercise, beneficial for the environment, save you tons of money on gas and they’re a fun way to see your city. But, put them in the hands of at-risk youth, and they're more than an alternative means of transportation. The Baltimore Bike Experience, in collaboration with Bikemore and teachers, conduct an after-school bike program at Digital Harbor High School to provide a creative, skill-based program for youth in motion.
Our curriculum fosters creativity, builds confidence and provides healthy activity to our students; many of whom struggle both academically and socially.
We do more than just teach them about bike parts, repair and maintenance. We give them a place to feel safe, express their thoughts in the open air and create something with their own two hands. We work directly with them to teach bike safety too, keeping them active and on the bike as much as possible. A few will even leave with summer jobs through business partnerships in Baltimore. Our students take home more than a custom bike and a sense of pride in having built something at the end of the 13 weeks – they leave with new friendships, employable skills and a brighter future.
$53 funds one week of bike maintenance and cycling instruction for a Digital Harbor student
$695 funds one students' participation in the Baltimore Bike Experience program
Make sure you head over the Bikemore GiveCorps page and contribute today!