BICYCLE DONATION AND REUSE PROGRAM
GOT A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
The YMCA accepts donated bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it. Or if your child has outgrown a bike, it may be great for another child. Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult or youth in our community! What kind of bikes are they looking for?
- Bikes in good condition and can be fixed with a little TLC!
- Wheels that are at least 24” in diameter
- Mountain or Hybrid style bikes less than 30 years old
- Quality brands like Trek, Cannondale, Diamondback, Fuji, GT, Panasonic, Schwinn, Peugeot, Raleigh, Univega, Specialized
- Gently used parts and accessories such as pedals, seats, locks, water bottle cages, racks, etc
And here’s what they CAN’T use:
- Bikes with racer-style handlebars and narrow tires (e.g., 10-speeds from the 70’s).
- Bikes with twisted wheels, cracked frames or forks
- Small kids’ bikes with 12”, 16” or 20” wheels
- “Department Store” brands like Magna, Next, Roadmaster, Huffy, etc. They are so cheaply made that it costs more to fix them than the original purchase price.
- Used helmets
OR NEED A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
If you need a bike to get to work, school, appointments or errands, you can request one. As bikes get donated and fixed, the Y will contact you with just the right one! Click HERE for a bike request form today!
Midtown Mechanics Bike Repair Program
Are you 14 -24 years old? You can earn a bike by taking the YMCA’s Midtown Mechanics Bicycle Repair Class, Mondays, 6-9pm, starting February 24th, 2020. During the 8-week program, a professional bicycle mechanic will teach students bike repair and maintenance. Each student will be given an old bike, completely evaluate what needs fixing and learn how to make all needed repairs. By the end of the program that bike is theirs to keep! Participants must attend all classes and dinner will be provided. Enrollment limited to 10 students. Cost: $20.00. Registration will open in December, so check back for details!
YOUTH BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM-Next Session Starts April 18th, 2020!
Bike It! is open to kids aged 10 and up, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, from 9am to noon. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. The next session starts on April 18th, 2020, and registration will be open in early 2020. Check back so you can sign up and secure a spot! Cost: $50.00 for YMCA Members and $75.00 for Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away. Financial aid requests must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the program. Contact the Y Membership Office for schlolarship details.
Learn To Ride Bicycle Education Lessons: For those who never learned to ride a bike, we have a 2-hour program geared to getting you riding or your money back! With our safe, easy, effective method, you’ll learn how to balance, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Cost: $25.00. Location: YMCA. Contact the YMCA to schedule your lesson!
School and Summer Programs: The Y Bike Education staff work with schools and summer camps across Ulster County. We have programs for kids in grades K – 8. Contact the YMCA for more details, or to start a program at your location!
Grass-Roots Pedal Advocacy
Bike-Friendly Kingston is an association of individuals who share a common goal: to make Kingston a safer, more bike-able city. We meet twice monthly to pursue a range of activities, including advocating for better bicycle infrastructure and policies and educating Kingston residents about the benefits of safe and responsible bicycling. Our goal is to make Kingston the best place to ride a bike in the Hudson Valley!
We promote local bicycle events and bicycling encouragement days such as Bike to Work, Bike to School Day, the Annual Feast on Wheels dinner and more.
We meet in real life on the 3rd Friday of the month at Noon at City Hall, Conference room 1, top floor. Please come out and join us. To stay updated on our meeting times, events, and efforts, join our mailing list.
Join the Bike Friendly Kingston Facebook Group!