Worcester Earn-a-Bike is a non-profit community based bicycle program. Our mission is to teach fun, affordable bike repair to neighborhood youth and community members by providing tools, instruction, and repairable bikes and parts. We encourage bike riding as an empowering, economical, and healthy alternative to car culture.
Worcester Earn-a-Bike is a community bicycle shop dedicated to teaching people bicycle maintenance while enabling them to earn a bike from our inventory of donated bicycles. Participants can choose a bike to earn after volunteering five hours (for under 17 years old) or 10 hours (17 and over) towards our shop operation, which could be anything from removing and organizing parts, building bikes for donation or sale, or generally helping in the shop. We aim to provide a teaching environment that allows people of all ages to learn repair and maintenance skills specific to bicycles as well as more general skills, instilling confidence far beyond the bike stand. We operate as an open shop where anyone can come and volunteer in exchange for parts and skills to earn a bike or fix up their own bike. We try to keep a reasonable student-to-teacher ratio: please be aware that our space limitations will sometimes require us to ask that people come back later if we have reached our limit. Everyone ages 9 and up is welcome.
Please dress appropriately! No flip-flops or open toed shoes are allowed. Wear old clothing or clothing that you do not mind getting grease and dirt on. It’s very easy to get VERY dirty in the shop.
Our shop is located at 4 King Street (rear), Worcester, MA 01610. The shop entrance is around the back of the Stone Soup building.
Please call 508-614-9322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information