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Cycles of Change works to improve the health and sustainability of our neighborhoods by increasing the use of bicycles as transportation, connecting youth with the extraordinary living systems of our local area, and building a diverse community of visionary young leaders.
The organization began in 1998 at Roosevelt Middle School in East Oakland and has grown steadily to sites in Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley. Cycles' programs are as follows:
- After School Ride Programs: Teaches the basics of safe urban riding to small groups of students through Roosevelt, Bret Harte, Frick, Havenscourt & Edna Brewer Middle Schools and Metwest High School. Students bike to destinations of ecological, historical, and cultural significance, connecting them with their local environment and community.
- Community Bike Shop: Makes healthy and reliable transportation accessible to all through earn-a-bike programs, sales of affordable refurbished bicycles, tools and advice for people fixing their bikes, and repair classes.
- Earn-A-Bike Program: Students learn basic bike mechanics through hands on work building and fixing bikes at after school and community bike shop sites. At the end of the program youth take home a bike their own which they have built.
- Safe Routes to School: A hands-on bicycle safety training program for 4 th - 8 th grade PE teachers and after-school providers and their students. Over a three year period PE teachers and after-school providers take over the program and incorporate it into their yearly curriculum. Our goal: to train students in safe riding techniques, so that they can build the skills and confidence to bike safely to school.
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