Transforming lives and landscapes through pedal powered empowerment.

Since 2000, Trips For Kids Charlotte has provided transformative cycling experiences for under-resourced and under-represented youth.  We operate through three main programs: our Earn-A-Bike Program, Ride Program and our Community Bike Shop, the Charlotte Re-Cyclery, in addition to multiple partnership camps and programs within the community. 

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Ride program

Our ride program invites youth and families to discover the sport of mountain biking and explore opportunities to get outside and ride bicycles together. Rides meet every other Saturday (March-October) at a local trail or greenway. The program is supported by a network of incredible volunteers and is a great way to provide mentorship to youth! Interested in being a ride program volunteer? Email joyt@tripsforkidscharlotte.org

earn-a-bike

The Earn-a-Bike program is a monthly class offering youth the opportunity to earn a bicycle who would not otherwise be able to buy one. Open to youth ages 8-17, the program covers fundamentals of road safety and foundations of bicycle ownership and operation. Youth who complete the program receive their own bicycle, set of  lights, lock, and helmet along with the necessary skills and experience in how to be safe and responsible riders. Email joyt@tripsforkidscharlotte.org to learn more!

 

Earn-a-Bike Advanced

Earn-a-Bike Advanced is open to all graduates of our foundation Earn-a-Bike program between the ages of 12-18. Over the course of 5 weeks, students receive in-depth instruction and hands-on experience with every major system of the bicycle in addition to a class focused on employment development/workplace preparation skills.

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Family Earn-a-Bike

To increase ridership within our community we partner with the organization Cycling Savvy to provide parents and guardians of youth in our programs the opportunity to earn their own bicycles. Parents and guardians who complete the full cycling savvy course receive a bicycle, helmet and set of lights.

Learn Your Bicycle

A free, bi-weekly class open to Women/Trans/Femmes identifying people to learn essential knowledge and hands-on skills in bicycle care and maintenance. The class covers, ABC Quick Check, Dropped Chain, Gearing, lubricating chain, and a hands-on tire change using their own bicycles. Email joyt@tripsforkidscharlotte.org to register & learn more!

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BAR CLASS

A paid monthly class ($50 donation) open to everyone in the community interested in learning bicycle assembly and repair. This 2 day course (2.5 hours per day) teaches community members how to break down a bicycle to the frame, clean and inspect all components, and build back up into a safe and functional vehicle.  Email libbam@tripsforkidscharlotte.org to register & learn more!

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