Bike It / Lend a Wheel
for people in need
PROVIDING SAFETY EDUCATION,
ENCOURAGEMENT AND TRANSPORTATION
YOUTH BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM-Starts March 30th!
Bike It! is open to kids aged 10 and up, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, from 9am to noon. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. The next session starts on March 30th and registration is now open. Cost: $50.00 for YMCA Members and $75.00 for Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away. Location: First two sessions are at the YMCA; starting points on other dates will vary. Sign up in the Y Membership Office or online
14TH annual tour de Kingston and Ulster
The YMCA’s annual bike ride rolls back into town on Sunday June 23rd, 2019! Starting at Forsyth Park, the Tour has rides for all ages and abilities, including the Kingston Family Ride– a flat and easy 5 miles. The Family Ride is FREE and is escorted by Tour De Kingston Safety Marshals and the Kingston Police Department. BBQ lunch, raffle and scholarship awards follow the rides. For more INFORMATION and registration visit us online or you can download a registration form HERE and drop it off!
BICYCLE DONATION AND REUSE PROGRAM
GOT A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
The YMCA accepts donated bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it. Or if your child has outgrown a bike, it may be great for another child. Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult or youth in our community! To see our donation guidelines, click HERE! [word doc: Y Data/Staff Folders/Tom Polk/Lend-A-Wheel Bike Donation Program/Bike Request Form 2019]
OR NEED A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
If you need a bike to get to work, school, appointments or errands, you can request one. As bikes get donated and fixed, we will contact you with just the right one! Click HERE for a bike request form today! Read the Lend-A-Wheel press release 2018
Learn To Ride Bicycle Education Lessons: For those who never learned to ride a bike, we have a 2-hour program geared to getting you riding or your money back! With our safe, easy, effective method, you’ll learn how to balance, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Cost: $25.00. Location: YMCA. Contact us to schedule your lesson!
School and Summer Programs: The Y Bike Education staff work with schools and summer camps across Ulster County. We have programs for kids in grades K – 8. Contact us for more details, or to start a program at your location!
Community Biking Events: The YMCA partners with our local bike advocacy and education group, Bike Friendly Kingston
to hold weekly “Slow Rides,” which are great for families and beginner riders. We also provide quarterly free bike repair at the Kingston “Repair Café.” The next repair clinic is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Avenue from 11am to 3pm. Please check in by 2pm to get your bike fixed!
We also participate in public events such as farmers’ markets, street fairs and outdoor festivals. Depending on the setting and audience, education activities can include helmet fitting and giveaways, presentations on traffic safety, distribution of safety literature, bike skills demonstrations, bike rodeos, bicycle safety checks and repairs. The focus is on underserved and disadvantaged populations, who are also some of the most vulnerable to traffic injuries and fatalities. Contact us with details of your event!
THE BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS DIRECTED BY TOM POLK, BICYCLE EDUCATOR FOR THE YMCA. HE IS A LIFE-LONG CYCLIST AND HAS BEEN INSTRUCTING YOUTH AND ADULTS IN SAFE CYCLING FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. TOM HOLDS A CERTIFICATION FROM THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS AS A LEAGUE CYCLING INSTRUCTOR AND IS CERTIFIED AS A MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDE BY THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION.
845.338.3810, x 102 (Office)