Youth Programs

Bike to the Future! A Youth Summer Camp Co-Hosted with Clever Octopus, June 22-26, 2020

We're partnering with our friends and neighbors at Clever Octopus! Together, we'll be hosting a week-long summer camp focusing on bike skills and creative reuse. In this camp, you will learn all things bicycle - including how to upcycle your old bike parts! Mornings will be spent at the Bicycle Collective, learning about flat repairs, basic bicycle tune-ups, safe cycling around town, and bike handling skills. Then, take your old bike parts and your imagination over to Clever Octopus for an afternoon of art-making! Projects will include weaving bike tubes and spokes, sewing messenger bags to wear while you ride your bike, and constructing chain wheel wind chimes.

  • Dates: June 22 - 26 (Monday - Friday) 2020
  • Time: Camp runs 9 am - 4 pm each day, with drop off at 8:45 am and pick up at 4:15 pm. Monday through Thursday, drop students off at the Bike Collective and pick them up at Clever Octopus. On Friday, the morning / afternoon schedule will switch, so drop students off at Clever Octopus and pick them up at the Bike Collective.
  • Cost per student: $280
  • Locations: Clever Octopus - 2250 S West Temple, SLC Bike Collective 2312 S W Temple
  • Age group: 8-11 years old
  • Food: Snacks provided, BYO Lunch. Please be sure to inform us of dietary restrictions or allergies beforehand!
  • Deadline for registration: June 5th, 2020. This camp is capped at 16 students with a minimum of 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio.
  • Scholarship: 2 full scholarships available. To apply, email  with 'Scholarship' in the subject line to request more information. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 1st, 2020.
  • Helmets are Required! If you are unable to bring your own helmet, please email us at no later than two weeks before the start date!
  • To register: please complete the form at the following link: (http://bit.ly/biketothefuture_). Once you've completed the form, we'll reach out to you to confirm your registration and complete your billing information.

 

Junior Bicycle Mechanic Certification

Are you curious about what it’s like to work in a bike shop? Want to impress your teammates on your mountain bike league by being able to repair anything on the fly? Or even just want to learn everything there is to know about how to work on your own bike? Sign up for our Jr. Mechanic Certification! This 8-week course is designed to teach 14-17-year-old aspiring mechanics the skills needed to become an ace wrencher and prepare you to get a job in a shop. This is a free course!

Contact for questions and/or to register for the following 2019 sessions:

September 9 - October 28

Youth Open Shop

Youth Open Shop is a program for youth ages 8 -17 years old. This is a productive learning environment where youth are surrounded only with their peers and our Youth Education Specialists. Participating youth have the option to work on their own bikes, help repair bikes for the Collective’s giving programs, or earn a bike of their own through volunteered hours.

 

The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective utilizes an apron system during Youth Open Shop (YOS) where participants advance to colored aprons indicating different levels of achievement. The participants will first begin with a green apron, move to an orange apron and from that point, they will have the choice of either moving to a red apron to become a YOS peer mentor or move to a purple apron and participate in the Junior Bicycle Mechanic Certificate (JBMC) program. After completing the JBMC program and/or completing 100 hours in YOS, participants will receive a black apron with their name embroidered on it signifying they have reached mastery level youth bicycle mechanic status. Participants will keep their black aprons.

The use of aprons will allow participants to visualize their advancement through the program. In addition to earning different level aprons, participants will also have the opportunity to earn “carrots” (i.e. patch kits, tool kits, water bottles, etc.) after they hit certain mile markers. Mile markers and carrots are used to track the progress of participants while also keeping them engaged to ensure they complete the program. Our ultimate goal is to hire those who successfully complete the program as Junior Bicycle Mechanics at the SLC Bicycle Collective.


This program was implemented with assistance from Blackstone Bicycle Works in Chicago.

Youth Open Shop is free and does not require pre-registration, however, benches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Youth Open Shop is help on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am.