Bikes for All! Increase access and minimize barriers to the bicycle as a vehicle of change
Join me in a discussion of the process involved in organizing youth and adult community bike giveaways - diverting bicycles from the waste stream and through predominately volunteer hours returning them to members of our community who do not have access to a bicycle - for free!
In partnership with community organizations and public schools, in 2017 over 650 participants received bicycles in SE Seattle and beyond through Bike Works programming. Ranging from 351 youth ages 2 - 8 in Kids Bike-O-Rama, 78 youth between 3rd and 5th grade receiving free or reduced lunch in Seattle public schools through UGottaGetABike BMX bike-giveaways, and 229 low-income adults over age 18 received a commuter bike, lights, lock, and a helmet through our Bikes for All! program.
We will walk through the procurement, triage, staff and volunteer labor, application process, scheduling, and day-of logistics for coordinating multiple, recurring community bike events. We've learned a lot about facilitating community bike events but still face challenges like day-of attendance and best practices for registration.
I'll lead the conversation with detailed examples of processes and arrangements we've had success with and open it up for others to share their successes and challenges.