Bike Family is a program of the Atlanta Bicycle Coaltion’s Shifting Gears initiative. We developed this program in 2018 to get more students, their caregivers, and school staff to experience the joy of bicycling, and to support schools to adopt practices and enact policies that result in more Atlantans choosing sustainable transportation.
Bike Family equips people of all ages to bike safely and easily to the places they need to go. Each participating family member receives a bicycle and bike safety supplies, and completes a series of bike safety classes. At the end of the program, participants will practice their skills at a celebration bike event in the community.
Who Can Participate?
How Do We Enroll?
Bike Family Partners
Who can participate?
Bike Family works with communities near Atlanta's High-Injury Network. The High-Injury Network includes streets where most of Atlanta's serious traffic injuries and fatalities occur. In Spring 2022, we are partnering with Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA and The Villages at Carver Family YMCA for our third Bike Family cohort!
*Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is officially recognized as an Atlanta Public Schools partner.
Past Bike Family Cohorts
Fall 2020: Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy
Spring 2021: Finch Elementary School
How do we enroll?
Enrollment for the Spring 2022 cohort is open to school-aged kids and their families or mentors who are involved with YMCA Atlanta. Participants who enroll by March 18 and complete the two classes will receive a bicycle and bike safety supplies from a local bike shop. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Online enrollment is now closed for the Young YMCA Cohort and the Carver YMCA Cohort:
Class #1: 1.5 hours, Saturday April 2
Class #2: 1.5 hours, Saturday April 16
Bike Family community instructional ride* Saturday, April 30 on YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Free classes, bicycles, equipment are provided with support from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority and the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation.
Thank you to our partners, YMCA Atlanta, A/C Clutch Bicycle Shop, Monday Night Garage, and our instructors, Anthony Allen, Kysha Hehn, Shakeesha Jeffries, and James Tyler.