Usually once the snow starts to fall, we slow down quite a bit.
Friday Morning: Stryker Builds Bikes
We just officially launched a special winter corporate Bike Build Experience package where your team can buy bikes for youth who are in need of one, and come to our workshop to build them together! A team of engineers from Stryker Instruments joined us in the morning for bike building fun. We deliver those bikes, helmets, and locks to young people who are experiencing financial and/or circumstantial hardships that make earning a bike with us themselves a challenge.
Friday Afternoon: Jayden Gets a New Bike
Friday Evening: Chloe + Girl Scouts + Bike Badge
The 4th Annual Kalamazoo Tweed Ride was a big success, thanks to all of you!
Once we all reached Old Dog, the party began! A generous spread of appetizers from Old Dog Tavern, three-legged races, giant ribbons for best-dressed, a big bike raffle, and a classic pie-in-the-face made for a fairly memorable day. THANK YOU to our sponsors, guests, volunteers, Youth Advisory Board, staff, Board of Directors, and Old Dog.
It's the best day of the summer when students get to take home the bike they worked so hard to earn. We had a group of graduates wrap-up their program last night and it never gets old seeing how far they've come and how much they've grown!
Earn-a-Bike Graduation 101
Step 1: Get fitted for a t-shirt and helmet
Step 2: Fill out your last journal entry about the skills you've developed and experiences you've had
Step 3: Choose a book, journal, and bike accessory to take home with you from prize box
Step 4: Graduation Relay---> Use a chain tool, identify the parts of a bike, complete a tool quiz, do the safety check quiz, and answer social skills trivia!
Step 5: Award and certificate ceremony / cheers / claps / snaps for all your effort and enthusiasm!
Step 6: Test out that new bike on a bike ride along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Step 7: Eat cupcakes and celebrate your hard work
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Erin Denay, Executive Director - In Coordination with: Open Roads staff and board members, youth and parents, and dedicated program partners