Bike Clark County
Bike Clark County is a nonprofit organization founded in the spring of 2011. Through community partnerships and the effort of volunteers, we promote bicycle access, education, safety and the enjoyment of cycling to the children and adults of SW Washington. We promote the bicycle community by getting more kids, especially from our lower income population, access to bicycles and teaching them how to be safe. Bike Clark County's current list of programs include: Bicycle Giveaway, Helmet Giveaway, Bike Skills 101 Summer Camp, Earn-a-Bike Camp, Middle School Bicycle Safety Education, and Bike-to-Leadership High School program. Each year our Bicycle Giveaway program takes in hundreds of quality, used bicycles which our volunteer mechanics repair for donation back into the community. We donate hundreds of bikes annually to the YWCA of Clark County, the Children's Home Society of SW Washington and to the Vancouver School District's elementary schools to promote attendance in underserved areas of Clark County. Part of our mission is to empower community members with increased education and access to bikes as reliable, affordable transportation.
Our current needs are to help grow our middle school bicycle education safety program and our high school Bike-to-Leadership program! The middle school educational safety program requires $5,000 per school to continue to support free helmets, annual maintenance of our bicycle fleet, and teaching the bicycle safety program. This reaches out to 180 kids per school for the 2-week program. We are currently at Discovery Middle School and have been asked to expand to VSAA and McLoughlin Middle School. Our "Bike to Leadership" program is currently taught to students of Fort Vancouver High School and Hudson Bay High School. This program was founded as a partnership with Clark County Public Health and received funding from Kaiser Permanente. The education includes the following elements: bicycle maintenance and safety, CPR training (certified), first aid training (certified), health and fitness, substance abuse prevention, community outreach and advocacy, resume building, conflict resolution and interview skills. Several graduates of this program continue to volunteer weekly as mechanics for BCC! With your help we can reach out to more students to continue their education and connection to our community!