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 and complete 1 of the scheduled sessions (6 hours total) in basic bike maintenance and traffic safety.
2018 Session Schedule
***All sessions are now full***
Session 1: May 7, 14, 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Session 2: May 16 & 18, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Session 3: June 6 & 8, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Session 4: June 11, 18, 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Session 5: July 9, 16, 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Session 6: July 11 & 13, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Session 7: August 6 & 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Failure to complete all 6 hours within 1 session or 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 hopes to increases the number of graduates in 2018 to 30 students . 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.
Provided by the Portland Gear Hub and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Read about Bikes for All 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)