Learn to Ride is rolling along! Cycles for Change has been teaching adults how to ride bicycles for seven seasons, and our classes are always in high demand. To help as many people as possible ride their bikes this summer, we have added additional times and dates to our Matthews Park (2318 29th Ave S) location in Minneapolis:
In the past three months, we have had 107 people sign up for classes, and they have traveled from as far away as Champlin, Little Canada, Newport, and Wayzata to learn to pedal with us.
Learn to Ride is a sliding scale fee program. While it costs about $90 per participant for us to provide a fleet of bikes, helmets, staff, and support for students, we believe that the skill of learning to ride should be accessible to everyone. So the cost is a suggested $0-$150, and we encourage people to donate what they can to help us keep our program running smoothly.
Many of our students have never ridden a bicycle before. Sometimes it is because they lived in areas without safe infrastructure, or weren’t encouraged to learn, or they tried to learn and failed. Some of our students have ridden before, but it has been 30 years since the last time they were on a bike. Learn to Ride is for all of these people. Whatever the reason may be, we create a safer, supportive space full of enthusiasm for learning and trying new things.
For people who identify as BIPOC FTW (Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Femme, Trans, Women) we have been offering a special voucher program. We are offering a limited number of $400 vouchers to buy a bike for BIPOC FTWs who have attended three or more Learn to Ride classes and do not currently have a working bike. We hope to pursue funding to grow this program in the future so we can keep helping people get the tools they need to achieve their biking dreams!