The Bikes for All Mainers Program is designed to provide an opportunity for adults who do not have financial access to bikes, are recent American immigrants, or live in communities under-served by public transportation to acquire basic bicycle mechanic skills, learn to bicycle safely on Maine roadways, volunteer in their communities, and overcome some of their transportation challenges.
The program is open to anyone 18 or older who is interested in completing the following program requirements:
- Attend and pass a bicycle skill test to demonstrate ability to ride a bicycle before the program begins. You must be able to safely ride a bicycle to participate.
- Attend 2 Bikes for All Mainers Mechanic courses
- Attend 2 Bikes for All Mainers Traffic Skill courses
All program requirements should be completed in a one-month period.
- Classes take place on 4 Saturdays each month from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Bike School
Failure to complete ALL requirements within a timely manner will result in participant being dropped from the program and needing to re-apply.
Participants who complete the program will earn:
- A fully functional refurbished bicycle
- Helmet, lock, lights, and saddle bag filled with tools and accessories
- Training on maintaining a bicycle, safe bicycle riding practices, and using accessories
The program will run for 6 months starting in May and aims to graduate 24 people in 2017. We strongly encourage all persons who do not have other means of transportation to participate. Applicants will be chosen based on application date, availability, and willingness to commit to the program.
Read about Bikes for New Mainers
- NPR’s Marketplace Report (July 12, 2016): Bicycle classes help Maine refugees get around town
- Leg Work: Bikes and Lessons Give New Mainers Access (Source)
- Bikes for New Mainers (American Bicyclist)