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?

Spring 2020 Earn-A-Bike classes will be offered at Reeves and Nisqually Middle School. Classes are free and start directly after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration forms are available in the front office of participating schools.

  • Reeves Middle School is hosting 2 Earn-A-Bike class sessions in April and early May.
  • Nisqually Middle School is hosting 2 Earn-A-Bike class sessions in May and June.

We also offer summer classes for youth ages 11 though 15 years in collaboration with City of Olympia Parks and Recreation in June and July.

  • 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 will be posted here in April!

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. 

    We're hiring

    We are currently seeking a temporary Earn-A-Bike Class Assistant to help out with our classes. If you are an experience bicycle commuter, who has daytime availability, and likes to work with kids, please check out this great opportunity. Applications will be accepted until March 20th.

    Contact Us

    Phone: 360-701-8379