Only On My Bike
In a world of disposable products and passive social activity, today's youth has lost touch with their mechanical aptitude and physical fitness. Only On My Bike is an experiential summer program focused on health, fitness and bicycling. Through this program, Utica Bike Rescue partners with a local organization to add bicycle maintenance, repair and riding skills to existing summer camp activities. Campers learn how to ride safely and acquire the basic mechanical skills to keep their bike in good working order. Only On My Bike introduces or reintroduces kids to the wonderfully liberating world provided by bicycle travel.
Partnering with community organizations, the program integrates bicycle riding, safety, maintenance and repair into the existing summer camp program. The program is tailored to meet the camp schedule and the age/ability of campers. Depending on individual camp interest and need, the safety instruction can include as little as 2-3 hours during the camp session. The incorporation of mechanical instruction requires a longer time commitment.
By participating in Only On My Bike, low-income and at-risk youth:
- Learn essential bicycling safety skills
- Develop confidence in bicycle handling
- Develop mechanical and technical aptitude
- Engage in a healthier lifestyle
- Help combat childhood obesity