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The Bike Church: Helping Asbury

Park Youth, One Rider at a Time

as including the substantial adult immigrant population and high school

age students. In that vein, the Bike Church just opened a second location in Asbury Park, called Second Life Bikes that will help high school students earn bikes by teaching them bike repair and having them assist the community with gardening and carpentry projects.


A community bike-share program, using the Asbury Park train station as a base, is also on the agenda of potential next steps for program expansion.

 

Tips for Creating a Bike Church in Your Community


Martin offers the following advice to communities interested in pursuing a program similar to the Asbury Park Bike Church:

 

  • Find a space in your community (e.g. local houses of worship, schools, community organizations) that is familiar and comfortable to residents as your meeting location

  • Structured programs are great, but do not need to be a prerequisite. The Bike Church is just a community-sized version of the backyard bike garage

  • Find a local “bike nut” who has the passion and time to help kids learn how to repair bikes

  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to local
    officials and leaders for support and guidance, but at the same time, don’t wait for their support to begin your program

  • Read Tools for Life by Karen Oberton and George Babiak, a start-up guide on youth recycling and bicycling programs

 

For more information on the Bike Church and how you can help, go to: www.thebikechurch.org


To access Tools for Life, go to:  http://www.recycleabicycle.org/node/45

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