SAFETY EDUCATION AND
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! What kind of bikes are we looking for?
- Bikes in good condition and can be fixed with a little TLC!
- Wheels that are at least 24” in diameter
- Mountain or Hybrid style bikes less than 30 years old
- Quality brands like Trek, Cannondale, Diamondback, Fuji, GT, Panasonic, Schwinn, Peugeot, Raleigh, Univega, Specialized
- Gently used parts and accessories such as pedals, seats, locks, water bottle cages, racks, etc
And here’s what we CAN’T use:
- Bikes with racer-style handlebars and narrow tires (e.g., 10-speeds from the 70’s).
- Bikes with twisted wheels, cracked frames or forks
- Small kids’ bikes with 12”, 16” or 20” wheels
- “Department Store” brands like Magna, Next, Roadmaster, Huffy, etc. They are so cheaply made that it costs more to fix them than the original purchase price.
- Used helmets
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!
Fix-A-Flat Clinic Tuesday December 3rd 2019, 6 – 8pm
Every bike rider should know how to fix a flat tire – because sooner or later, you’ll get one! And there’s nothing worse than getting stranded in the middle of a bike ride and having to walk home or call for help. Our flat-fixing clinic will give you hands-on experience using old inner tubes. Led by experienced cyclists, we’ll show you how to remove the tire from the wheel, find the hole and patch it. A patch kit and bike pump are yours to take home. Ages 12 and up. If under 15, parent or guardian must attend (no charge). Clinic fee is $25 and you can register at the Y or online: http://bit.do/fixaflat
Midtown Mechanics Bike Repair Program February 24 – April 13, 2020
Are you 14 -24 years old?
You can earn a bike by taking the YMCA’s Midtown Mechanics Bicycle Repair Class, Mondays, 6-9pm, starting February 24th, 2020. During the 8-week program, a professional bicycle mechanic will teach students bike repair and maintenance. Each student will be given an old bike, completely evaluate what needs fixing and learn how to make all needed repairs. By the end of the program that bike is theirs to keep! Participants must attend all classes and dinner will be provided. Enrollment limited to 10 students. Cost: $20.00. Registration will open in December, so check back for details!
YOUTH BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM-Next Session Starts April 18th, 2020!
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 April 18th, 2020, and registration will be open in early 2020. Check back so you can sign up and secure a spot! Cost: $50.00 for YMCA Members and $75.00 for Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away. Financial aid requests must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the program. Contact the Y Membership Office for schlolarship details.
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 Tour de Kingston and Ulster
Save the Date! The 15th Annual Tour De Kingston and Ulster bike ride will be on SUNDAY JUNE 28th, 2020. Registration opens March 1st at https://www.tourdekingston.com/
2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Congratulations to Madison Burke, the TDK 2019 Scholarship Recipient!
Madison is the daughter of Meghan and Patrick Burke and has lived in Kingston her whole life, as have her parents. She graduated from Kingston High School in June, and has been active in sports as a varsity basketball player, serving as captain of the team and was named a scholar athlete the past two years. In the community she has worked during the summer as a Kingston camp counselor and loves being able to interact with the children and be a role model. She is attending Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She plans on eventually furthering her career as a nurse practitioner. She is using her Tour De Kingston scholarship award to assist in tuition costs and is looking forward to being able to give back to her hometown by serving the healthcare needs in the community.
(Madison is pictured with Tom Polk, YMCA Bicycle Educator and Co-Chair of the TDK Organizing Committee)
BIKE FIXING AT THE KINGSTON REPAIR CAFE
The Y and Bike Friendly Kingston, our local bike advocacy and education group, join forces with the Kingston Repair Cafe http://www.repaircafehv.org/kingston on a regular basis for free bike repair clinics. Check back in January 2020 for our next one!
BIKE FRIENDLY KINGSTON
Bike Friendly Kingston holds weekly “Slow Rides,” during the spring and summer. These are great for families and beginner riders. Slow Rides leave from the YMCA parking lot at 6pm every Thursday from May to September. For 2020 rides, check back in April. For more info and updates on Bike Friendly Kingston news and events, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikefriendlykingstonny/
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.
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