What is Kids Love Bikes?
The Kids Love Bikes program is a youth bicycle education program that was started by Bike Walk Knoxville in 2018. The program has 3 main goals: teach children bike safety, increase the number of kids riding bikes, and provide bike maintenance. We provide this program to children across Knoxville through partnerships with local schools and community organizations like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club!
We provide certified bike instructors to teach our immersive and dynamic youth bike education program that focuses on bicycle handling, maintenance, and safety. Through our program, not only do we give kids the opportunity to develop their physical and health literacy, but also learn how to challenge themselves, set a goal, and take responsibility and pride in achieving it.
Our full program consists of 6 - 1.5 hour long classes, ending with a group bike ride and celebration. Bike Walk Knoxville instructors and volunteers work to provide individual coaching to ensure these skills are learned correctly and consistently practiced. Upon completion of the class and mastery of the curriculum, participants can earn a certificate for a bike from our amazing partners at Kickstand!
While we have our full Kids Love Bikes program, we also provide 1-hour education classes focusing on basic bike and pedestrian education and safety, which allows us to reach more kids. Our goal is to teach these shortened classes across the community, so that as many kids as possible at least learn the basic fundamentals of bike and pedestrian safety, which is such an important life lesson.
Why We Do It
We want to provide a program that brings bike education and bike giveaways together, striving not only to improve bike safety outcomes for Knoxville youth, but to also show how biking can be a fun way to be active and healthy throughout their lives. We have provided this program to a lot of different organizations and have future programs planned with even more. We have seen firsthand how our program can help kids bike safely and get active! When kids participate in our program, they are learning bike education that can help keep them safe and expanding their curiosity and capabilities by developing technical and physical skills. Ultimately, our curriculum prepares kids to bike safely and get active while using the joy of biking to teach/reinforce other important life skills. Our goal is to get more kids riding bikes safely!
We are currently hiring League of American Cyclists Instructors (LCIs) to help teach our KLB programs. If you are a certified LCI and are interested in the program, reach out to Lindsey Kimble at [email protected]
We continue to raise funds to support the program; if you would like to make a donation to the Kids Love Bikes Program, please click the button below.
Would you be interested in bringing a Kids Love Bikes program to your organization? You can view our Program Information Sheet and our Core Curriculum Outline to learn more about our program philosophy and curriculum. You can contact Lindsey Kimble at [email protected] with questions.
Without the help of our community partners, we wouldn’t be able to both teach and provide bikes and helmets to students who participate in and complete our program. Thank you to the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department for providing us with bikes to use during our program and to the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation for awarding us with a grant to allow us to purchase a small fleet of bikes. Also, thanks to the Epilepsy Foundation for providing helmets for our program.
Special thanks to the Siddiqi Charitable Foundation who has provided a grant to help support a portion of the cost of the program!
We would also like to thank Kickstand for providing certificates for bikes for students who complete our course!