The Community Bicycle Center exists to provide youth enrichment opportunities for personal growth through bicycling-related activities.
As a result of engagement with Community Bicycle Center’s programming and staff, youth will develop beliefs, attitudes, skills, and actions to be successful in relationships, educational pursuits, future employment, health, and civic engagement.
Life Skills – What Kids Learn
The Earn-a-Bike program was founded on January 23, 2001 as a volunteer effort to serve the asset development needs of young people living in northern York County, Maine. During 2002-2005, the Earn-a-Bike program operated as part of the Community Services Branch of the Northern York County YMCA. The Earn-a-Bike program expanded to become the Community Bicycle Center (CBC), offering additional asset building and adventure-based mentoring programs designed to involved kids and adults working together in learning, fitness, and self-actualization.
After the Community Services Branch closed its doors in 2005, the Biddeford (Maine) Recreation Department briefly became the fiscal agent for CBC, providing temporary space and utilities for the educational bike shop. The CBC incorporated in December 2005 and obtained its 501c3 status in April 2006. The CBC has grown from one volunteer to three full-time staff supported by over 100 volunteers.
On September 2, 2014 the CBC expanded its presence in Biddeford by relocating to a permanent home on Granite Street. The CBC’s 4,777 square foot facility includes dedicated fitness space, a tinkering/art lab, an educational bike repair shop, and 6.3 acres of trails and green space in the backyard quarry abutting Clifford Park.