Break the Cycle
To use cycling as a means of building relationships with youth in economically disadvantaged areas to:
· Provide male companionship and friendship
· Provide them with quality male role models
· Build bridges and healing across racial, cultural and economic divides
· Share the grace and good news of Jesus Christ
· Prayer for these young people’s lives and their community
· Teach and model principles such as integrity, discipline, and pride
· Teach them about cycling as an activity and outlet they can continue and enjoy throughout life (ie bike safety, bike maintenance, riding etiquette, competitive options, fitness benefits, training plans, etc.)
· Conduct rides with safety as a paramount concern
· Provide them with an opportunity to get out of their element and enjoy and appreciate the fresh air and countryside
· Use it as an on-ramp for a variety of opportunities for further interaction: i.e. post or mid ride picnics, teaching sessions and other social and athletic events
· Provide opportunities for Christians to become engaged through an alternative to “standard” outreach activities
· 3 or 4 participants (want to be able to give quality 1-on-1 time)
· Boys 13-16 years old
· Requirements? – no drug use, sufficient commitment level, open to learning, certain academic standing?
· Leverage relationships of Bill M / Stu to identify candidate participants
Eventually expand to:
· Special needs children? (partner with COF in some way)
· Younger age groups (shorter rides in protected venues?)
· Mountain biking group?
· 18-21: Form competitive cycling teams?
· Initially Rolling Hills
· Expand to Akron Drive area or other areas?
· Initially, weekly road rides (Saturday mornings) on rural roads
· Start at 15-20 miles and gradually grow to 50-75 mile rides
· Are there volunteers who could lead a weekday ride?
· Eventually enable them to participate in local organized rides/events
· Expand to triathlon training? (opp. to involve running & swimming mentors)
· Sponsor own event as a fund raiser?
· Teaching sessions
o Character values (via the Word)
o Cycling topics (overview of bikes, bike and road safety, bike maintenance, riding etiquette, training principles, etc.)
· Fun & Fellowship
o Picnic/cookout mid or post ride
o Other activity ideas?
o Biblical Principles
o Leadership Skills
o Cycling Topics
· Cyclists (Ride Leaders)
· Other Cyclists
· Bike Transport/storages
· SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicle(s)
· Bike Maintenance
· Food Preparation
· Food Transportation
· (Charity Ride) Event Organization
· Fund Raising
· Community Liaisons
· Volunteer Coordinators
· Maintain contacts/email list
· Marketing (advertising, graphics, website later?)
· Fellowship with youths, families and their community
· Board of Advisors?
Equipment / Logistical Needs
Mid quality road bikes capable of long rides- recommend aluminum frames to start: 4 bikes at $800 = $3,200
Cycling Shoes: $100
Cycling Gloves: $20
Cycling Goggles: $35
Cycling Shorts: $40
Cycling Jersey: $35
Saddle Bag: $25
Bike Computer: $50
Tail light: $30
Spare tire: $25
Basic tools: $35
Other: sunscreen, mirror, ride lubricant: $20
Bike Maintenance (tune-ups, repairs) 2 x/year: $120
Total Accessories per cyclist for team of 4: $700 x 4 = $2,800
START-UP BIKE & EQUIPMENT COSTS: $6,000
Storage & Transportation Costs?
· Need incorporation/501c(3) status:
o Liability protection (need waivers signed)
o Tax receipts (if donations used)
o Ownership of assets (bikes, etc)
· Possibility to operate under Vinebranch or LOL?
· Partner with Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, etc.?
Misc. Issues / Considerations
· Bikes need to be fitted to each participant. There is a base size applicable for their height and frame and then the seat and handlebars adjusted for them individually. Consequently, bikes are in general not interchangeable.
· Donated items were mentioned. One issue is that typically, lower end kids or street bikes are the types donated which won’t be usable for real road rides.
· On a related note, there are existing ministries that collect, repair and give away bikes. That requires a whole infrastructure for storing, repairing and distributing the bikes. My thoughts were that this ministry would be focused on building relationships and mentoring.
· This is expensive equipment and at potentially high risk for theft. Consequently, the thought was to store them at a secure location (bike shop, church, other) and to transport the participants to the site to begin the ride, and back home after it ends. Where are candidate locations?
· However, even if we ride every Saturday, riding one day a week is not enough for the youths to build fitness. Once they build some trust, should we allow them to “check out” their bike during the week? And/or should we target youths who have a street bike they can ride during the week to maintain some fitness?
· Sustained volunteer force to manage and participate in rides on a consistent basis