Bicycles and Ideas

Children participate in the year-round bicycle team Word-RCB present the Kids of b.i.k.e. by Cyclisme, which involves much more than riding or working with bicycles. While on their way to becoming exceptional bicycle racers, these children accrue an impressive array of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive assets. They are achieved through sustained contact with competent and caring adult and college-aged role models. These people provide physical training, all manner of bicycle expertise, academic tutoring, and social skills through one-on-one mentoring. In addition to a social mentor, each team member is paired with a career mentor in a large organization where they learn actual job skills and make a real contribution. Because guided practice makes perfect in bicycle racing and in life, the program participants are given the opportunity to be teachers and mentors themselves in the Kids on Bikes summer day camp, Oregon Bicycle Racing Regional Development Camp, and Rollers 101 programs. Their time with a career mentor provides the practice for their move into the professional working world. All of these components are provided at no cost to participants, who are economically challenged.

Program Elements

  • Weights Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 7 am
  • Homework Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm
  • Ride Saturday and Sundays
  • Team dinner
  • Field trips
  • Individual basis: Swim or ride
  • Mentors in summer program
  • Rollers coaches
  • Mentors at Spring camp
  • Have a mentor
  • Leadership development

Program Outcomes

  • Emotional
  • Responsibility
  • Self-control
  • Self-esteem
  • State and trait happiness
  • Cooperation
  • Optimism
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Social responsibility
  • Fun


  • Skill: Bike safety
    • Bike racing
    • Bike form
    • Bike maintenance
  • Reduced behavior problems – internalized and externalized
    • o Appropriate free time
  • Activities
    • Biking as a passion
    • Positive peer group
    • Physical fitness
    • Better eating habits
    • Better grades
    • Dress for success
    • Leadership practice (mentors)
    • Prevention: time spent in Pro-social activity


  • Achievement motivation
  • Communal orientation
  • Hope - Future sense of self
  • General self-efficacy
  • Appreciation for diversity
  • Diverse knowledge base

Key Data

  • Number children served: 40
  • Age of children: 8 – 19
  • Gender %: male 55%
  • female 45%
  • Ethnicities: 45% African American, 7% Haitian, 32% Native American, 16% Caucasian
  • Length of program: year round
  • Length of sessions: see description
  • Staff to child ratio: 1:4