Classroom Project

In partnership with a school, children learn about bicycles, the city, and culture through experience and art/creative projects. The class rides around the city so that these economically disadvantaged children may be exposed to cultural centers. They also learn how to ride a bike in the city, which is something that must be taught in order to be done safely. These children expand their mobility and access to the resources available to them in the Portland area, which they often don’t take advantage of staying close to home. b.i.k.e. provides technical expertise, support vehicles and personnel, and equipment. The primary teacher is provided by the school.

Program Elements

  • Bike safety
  • Bike étiquette
  • Bike maintenance
  • Exercise and nutrition instruction
  • Artistic instruction surrounding bicycle and culture experience
    • Journals
    • Photography
    • Writing
    • Sketching
    • Museums and galleries
  • Field trips to galleries, museums and libraries on bikes
  • Partnerships with CCC, BTA, Cycle Oregon, Major Taylor Scholarship foundation, and Safe Routes to Schools

Program Outcomes

  • Skill: Bike safety
  • Skill: Bike maintenance
  • Skill: Stretching
  • Knowledge: Nutrition
  • Knowledge: How to navigate city on a bicycle and access cultural centers
  • Artistic experience/expression
  • Physical fitness
  • General self-efficacy
  • Fun

Key Data

  • Number children served: 18
  • Age of children: 14 – 18
  • Gender: female 62% male 38%
  • Ethnicities: 50% African American, 33% Caucasian (3 are Russian), 11% Hispanic, 6% Asian
  • Cost per child: Equipment and % of staff time
  • Length of program: 4 months
  • Length of sessions: 180 minutes
  • Staff to child ratio: 1:3 on rides, 2:18 in
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