Earn-a-Bike is a hands-on, bicycle-based, eight-week training program which introduces Hartford youth to the world of bicycles. Young people aged 13-19 earn their bicycle by learning about maintenance, Hartford’s bike history, bicycle science, and safety skills. Participants leave the program with a bicycle that they have tuned up and customized themselves.
BiCi Co. works with Hartford transition programs, local shelters, and the Center for Latino Progress’ job training programs to identify those who would benefit from using a bicycle to get to work. Many recipients then return to BiCi Co. and volunteer on their own time. Participants are referred by their program (using a simple form) and chip in $20, which may be sponsored by their referring organization. They receive an up-cycled bicycle, a secure lock, bicycle lights, and a helmet.
The BikeLIFE! This yearly Hartford Festival for youth ages 8-19 is broken into two parts: 5 – 2hr Bicycle Safety Courses held throughout the week of Hartford Public School’s April break and one grand celebration festival on the final weekend of April break.
BiCi Co. provides an ideal venue for Center for Latino Progress interns to conduct service learning projects and make a difference. Internships at BiCi Co. focus on building skills and employment readiness for participants.
In addition to informal learning and skill-sharing during DIY Member hours, BiCi Co. holds seminars and courses in bicycle safety and maintenance. Learn from experts and become an ambassador for Hartford’s growing active transportation community.
Do-It-Yourself repair and tune up your bicycle, shadow a mechanic or practice repairs on used bicycles in our full-service shop. Chat with expert bicycle mechanics and commuters. Share your skills and teach others what you know. Purchase bicycle parts — used and new — to complete your projects.