Kids riding bicycles in bike lane on street

Earn-A-Bike classes teach middle school youth in Thurston County the skills needed to safely bike for transportation. Students learn and practice riding safely on the road, plus basic bike mechanics. After successfully completing eight hours of instruction, graduates are offered a refurbished bicycle and accessories.

Earn-A-Bike at a glance

  • Free, after school program offered at one host middle school each year.
  • Low-cost summer classes offered in July in coordination with city parks and recreation programs.
  • Students ride local roads under the direction of our instructors.

What will students learn?

  • Essential bicycle maintenance like fixing a flat tire, chain care and brake tuning.
  • Traffic laws for bicyclists.
  • Emergency braking techniques and other bike handling skills.
  • How to communicate with others on the road.
  • Safe route planning.

Where to sign up?

The next Earn-A-Bike classes will be offered in June and July 2020.

  • Summer Earn-A-Bike classes meet at our Youth Education Center in downtown Olympia.
  • Summer 2020 Earn-A-Bike classes will run late-June through July.
  • Class dates and a link to online registration are expected to first be available on June 9, two weeks prior to the first day of class. The Earn-A-Bike program operates in compliance with the Safe Start guidance issued by Governor Inslee. Class availability is dependent on Thurston County moving to Phase 3 of the "Safe Start" plan.

Volunteer with Earn-A-Bike

Are you an experienced commuter who is good with kids? Come ride with us and our highly trained staff to help teach local youth essential riding skills. Training is provided. You must be available weekday afternoons. 

    Contact Us

    Phone: 360-701-8379