$15,000 Bike Pittsburgh: Positive Spin Initiative
PROJECT: Positive Spin Initiative
PROGRAM: 2015 Small & Simple Grants
GRANTEE: Bike Pittsburgh
The purpose of this grant is to support the implementation and operation of the Positive Spin Summer Youth Cycling Program. The program will be implemented in conjunction with Pittsburgh Public School’s Summer Dreamer’s Academy during the summer months and will focus on engaging middle schoolers from low/mod income neighborhoods across the city. Program activities and outcomes include:
- Bicycle Transportation: students begin by earning the “bike license” after learning bike safety skills. By exploring the city streets and trails, student learn how to use bicycling as an alternative form of urban transportation allowing youth access to opportunities outside of their immediate communities
- Connecting with Caring Adults: students bike in group-based mentoring relationships with adult staff. These caring mentors are trained to work with youth and foster community within the peer group. Each youth will connect with 4-5 caring adults throughout the program.
- Bike Repair: students learn the basics of how to maintain and repair the bicycles such as patching a tube, adjusting breaks and general maintenance.
- Fitness: students bike regularly and try other forms of exercise like running, yoga or strength training. They learn to log their miles and document increases in physical strength and endurance as they continue through the program.
With these funds BikePGH will cover staff and program costs to run this program in summer 2015 and to develop the program for the continuation and expansion beyond it’s current scope and time frame in the future. Expansion plans will include deep engagement and outreach in Neighborhood Allies priority neighborhoods and will incorporate a strategy to improve biking access in poor neighborhoods.