The Community Bike Project's mission is to strengthen Omaha neighborhoods by promoting the bicycle as viable, reliable, and fun transportation. The Bike Project works to improve access to bicycles for everyone through Open Shop, Earn-a-Bike, and maintenance classes. In addition to serving as a hub for sustainable and equitable transportation, the Bike Project also serves as a social learning space that promotes youth mentorship, community building, and mechanical intelligence.
Earn-a-Bike programs provide free bikes to individuals aged 5 and over. Kids' Bike Club for 5-9 year-olds introduces mechanic and safe cycling fundamentals. Kids' Bike Club graduates earn a free bike, helmet, and water bottle. Youth Earn-a-Bike for youth aged 10-15 teaches youth how to completely overhaul and repair a bike. Students also learn and practice safe cycling skills and maneuvers. Graduates earn a free bike, lock, helmet, and water bottle. Adult Earn-a-Bike participants volunteer during the Open Shop program to earn a free bike, lock, and light set. Learn-to-Ride participants learn basic bike maintenance and safe riding skills during guided group rides to earn a free bike, lock, and light set.
The Bike Project also teaches weekly maintenance classes that cover everything from tube patching to wheelbuilding.