Watsonville Earn-A-Bike Program

For many youth in our county, access to bicycles and the cost of bike maintenance can be a challenge. The Earn-A-Bike program is designed to address these issues by providing Live Oak and Watsonville youth with bicycles and accessories, as well as training them in bike safety and maintenance to create empowered and self-sufficient young cyclists.

Earn-A-Bike uses a peer-to-peer education model to provide mentoring to middle school participants and leadership experience for high school students. High school students, including graduates of the ROP Bike Technology classes act Harbor, Soquel, and Pajaro Valley High School, act as mentors and "roll" models, working with their younger peers to refurbish donated bikes and teach bike maintenance skills.

Since its inception in 2014, the program has served 75 middle school students, providing bikes, lights, locks and helmets over three sessions of the program. We have hired and trained 45 high school students, providing meaningful job experience, stipends, and community service hours. On average, participants have gained a 20% increase in knowledge of bike safety laws and practices after participating in the program.

We need your support to keep the Earn-A-Bike program going strong! Your donation of $25 or more will provide an Earn-A-Bike participant with a helmet, lock, lights, and other accessories.

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For information on participating in the Earn-A-Bike program, contact Green Ways to School director Tawn Kennedy at greenways@bikesantacruzcounty.org