bikes, so she contacted them with instructions to come to the church garage on a Monday afternoon in May 2005. The Bike Church was born.
With no operating funds or flyers to advertise the Bike Church, Martin relied on word-of-mouth to generate community interest in the program which was scheduled for Mondays from 4-7 pm from May through November. Bikes were donated by many within and beyond the Asbury Park community. The donated bikes and tools were stored in the church garage and the driveway/parking lot was used for teaching bike safety and bicycle repair work.
What Does the Bike Church Offer?
Martin describes the weekly sessions as “controlled chaos” and a “tool explosion,” as the children “learn by doing” and typically earn a bike after participating in the program for four weeks.
In addition to learning the ABC’s of bike repair, bike safety is taught through discussions, group rides, and the use of obstacle courses Martin and volunteers organize in the church parking lot. Helmets are purchased with donations; and representatives from the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey visit once a year to speak on the importance of helmet safety. Martin noted helmet safety is a concern, because children often resist wearing helmets as they