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?

Earn-A-Bike partners with one local middle school each year. This year’s location is yet to be determined. Information will be posted here when available. 

We also offer summer classes for youth ages 11 though 15 years in collaboration with City of Olympia Parks and Recreation in July. Summer Earn-A-Bike dates will become available in spring.

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