Programs

Yair and Jorge, Fall 2016 Earn-a-Bike

Yair and Jorge, Fall 2016 Earn-a-Bike

BiCi Co.’s programs support our mission of increasing mobility and access to jobs while supporting bicycle skills and safety.


DIY Bicycle Repair Hours — Members & Volunteers

Repair and tune up your bicycle, shadow a mechanic or practice repairs on used bicycles in our full-service shop. Chat with expert bicycle mechanics and commuters. Share your skills and teach others what you know. Purchase bicycle parts — used and new — to complete your projects.

DIY Member Hours – Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 PM and Saturdays from 1:30-5:30 PM. To take advantage of the shop’s resources (tools and mechanic expertise), you have to be a member. Become a member today!

Women’s DIY Member Hours – Mondays from 5:30-8:30pm. Transgender and femme identifying attendees are very much welcome.

Thursday Mechanic Nights, 5:30-8:30pm – Adults Only.  Shop projects and working on BIKELIFE-HARTFORD!  January 19th – February 16th.  BYO refreshments.


Earn-a-Bike Program

Earn-a-Bike is an eight-week evening course which introduces Hartford youth to the world of bicycles. Participants leave the program with a bicycle that they tuned up themselves.

Teens aged 13-18 earn their bicycle by learning about maintenance, Hartford’s bike history, bicycle science, and safety skills. Contact the Shop Manager to learn when the next course begins and to get your teenager on the waiting list.

2017 Earn-a-Bike (teen program) Registration form here.  Get on the list by sending your contact information to bici_co@ctprf.org.  Ages 13-19.  Meetings start in February 2017.  The class runs for 8 weeks with meetings twice a week, days based on participant survey.  Applicants that complete the course earn a bicycle they fix themselves, bike lights, a helmet, and a bicycle lock.  Applications close once the class reaches capacity.

Fall / Winter 2016 Earn-a-Bike (teen program) – Photos Here!


Internships and Service Learning

BiCi Co. provides an ideal venue for Center for Latino Progress interns to conduct service learning projects and make a difference.  Internships at BiCi Co. focus on building skills and employment readiness for participants.

Summer Youth Interns – Capital Workforce Partners’ Summer Youth Employment and Learning program is a stepping stone for Hartford’s youth, providing a five-week paid “work and learn” experience. The program includes professional development that prepares students between 8th and 12th grade to succeed.  In 2015 and 2016 Summer Youth program participants at BiCi Co. learned about many bicycle topics, including Hartford’s rich bicycle history and engineering. The students learned bicycle maintenance and repair. In 2015 they directly applied those skills to 16 bicycles that were tuned up for a Community Renewal Team bicycle rodeo and then donated to grandchildren being raised by their grandparents.  In 2016 the summer interns built bicycles for the Center’s Bikes for Jobs Access program and educated peers in bicycle safety at bicycle rodeos and safety courses.

2017 Hartford Schools Internship Program – The Center for Latino Progress is working with Capital Workforce Partners on the Spring 2017 Hartford Schools Internship Program (HSIP).  Ten Hartford Public Schools are participating and the program is employing 125 high school juniors and seniors.  BiCi Co. will be employing several of these interns as mechanic trainees, customer service trainees, and program assistants.

Capital Workforce Partners, Construct Your Future Internships – BiCi Co. is a work-site for young adults participating in the Center’s Construct Your Future Program.  CYF training includes customer service and professional development.  BiCi Co. provides internships that fit the skills and certifications that the participants obtain.

Jr. Apprentice Interns – In Spring 2017 BiCi Co. is working with three teen interns as part the the Jr. Apprentice program.


BiCi Co. Belles – The Women’s Committee

BiCi Co. Belles, our women’s committee, was formed to address the under-representation of women and girls riding bicycles in Hartford. Bicycles are an efficient, healthy mode of transportation, and women and girls should be able to comfortably and safely ride them.

BiCi Co. Belles is empowering women of all ages to ride by providing access to bicycles, bike education, and a supportive community of fellow riders. Interested in joining the committee? Contact Yanil Terón to be added to future meeting invitations.

Women’s DIY Member Hours – Mondays from 5:30-8:30pm. Women, transgender, and femme identifying attendees are very much welcome.


Maintenance and Safety Education Seminars and Courses

In addition to informal learning and skill-sharing during DIY Member hours, BiCi Co. holds seminars and courses in bicycle safety and maintenance. Learn from experts and become an ambassador for Hartford’s growing active transportation community.

  • Sunday, April 9th, 2017 – Traffic Skills 101 – Register now! – This course will change your (cycling) life. The comprehensive full-day course includes: vehicular cycling classroom instruction, bicycle maintenance basics, bike handling skill drills, and a brief road ride to put the skills to work. The course is a prerequisite for more advanced courses, including the League Cycling Instructor (LCI) seminar to become a certified instructor.
  • April 2017 – League Cycling Instructor Training @ BiCi Co. – Registration now open!
    • Friday, April 21st to Sunday, April 23rd
    • League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.
    • Why? – If you’re interested in a job as BiCi Co. grows and hires staff, this is a valuable certification.  This certification also comes with a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy for those teaching classes as volunteers or as paid instructors.  Past participants have gone on to teach cycling safety in Connecticut schools, lunch-and-learn seminars at their employers, volunteered as helpers during safe cycling seminars and rides, and set up private paid cycling safety classes and seminars.

Bicycles for Jobs Access

Bicycles greatly increase the mobility of those who are on a limited income and/or looking for work. Bus transit is spotty in Hartford suburbs, and particularly inadequate for those working the second or third shift.

BiCi Co. works with Hartford transition programs, local shelters, and the Center for Latino Progress’ job training programs to identify those who would benefit from using a bicycle to get to work. Clients participating in their respective programs get the chance to earn a bicycle.  Many recipients then return to BiCi Co. and volunteer on their own time.

Social workers and case workers can contact the BiCi Co. Program Manager for more information about this program.


BIKE LIFE – Hartford!

We’re about the BIKE LIFE in the capital city. Ride, eat, sleep, and breathe bikes. BIKE LIFE – Hartford! in 2016 was developed in cooperation with local partners to couple bicycle maintenance and safety seminars with a bicycle giveaway event over Spring Break at Heaven Skate Park.  Photos from the BIKE LIFE Festival, safety classes, and shop sessions – LINK.

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Center for Latino Progress – CPRF

The Center for Latino Progress (same building as BiCi Co., on the 2nd floor) offers complementary community building programs in job training, home ownership, youth development, and language learning. The Center sees its BiCi Co. program and the sustainable, efficient transportation it encourages as asset building for community members. For more information about The Center’s programs, visit www.ctprf.org.

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