Trailblazers Bike Club Program Application

Trailblazer Bike Club is an educational and FUN program that teaches kids bicycle safety and bike handling skills.  The program works to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles, and encourage individual responsibility. Students gain confidence while learning to ride bicycles on campus, on area trails, and on approved neighborhood streets. 

Trailblazer Bike Club is a 6-part curriculum which teaches bike handling skills through games, activities, and challenges. This program is designed specifically for kids in grades 2-5 who already have the skill to balance and pedal a bike. 
 
The Trailblazers Bike Club Program was created to help fill the gap in quality bike education for kids in those prime bike riding years.  The emphasis is to build skill and play in a safer, more controlled environment so kids can practice and learn how to handle a bike safely in a low consequence space.
 
Objectives
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  • Facilitate and hone kids’ bicycling skills through activities and games
  • Build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles, and encourage individual responsibility
  • Introduce kids to a life-long sport
  • Utilize school or community center campus, area trails, and neighborhood streets
  • Provide mentoring and supervision by teachers, and experienced adult mentors.
  • Encourage walking and biking to school
 
We are awarding 4 grants to receive this program for Spring 2023 implementation.
 
Included in the grant:

10 student bikes
10 student helmets
2 mentor bikes
2 mentor helmets
Bike Club Toolkit with supplies and materials
Curriculum in print and digital form
Training session for volunteers
Ongoing curricular support from Trailblazers
 
Priority candidate schools  and community organizations are those who serve marginalized communities, including minorities and low-income communities and have supportive community advocates who are committed and experienced in youth programming and bicycle advocacy. If you have questions about this program or about whether your school or organization qualifies, please reach out to Gabriela@WeAreTrailblazers.org

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* Your email address

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* School or Community Organization

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* Physical Address of school or community organization

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* Applicant’s name

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* Your role within the school or community organization

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* Name of Principal or Director

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* Email address of Principal or Director

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* Phone Number of school or community organization

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* This program requires 2 adults to serve as mentors that will participate in a full day training to lead the program. Please provide the name and contact information for the lead facilitator.

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* Please provide the name and contact information for the second facilitator.

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* Please describe in detail any current bicycle programs at your school or community organization. (number and size of bikes, duration of biking unit, grades/ages participating, frequency and estimated number of participants.)

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* Please describe your potential daily and long-term storage for the bikes. (We often see them stored on hooks on a wall in the gym or in a storage closet).

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* If selected as a program recipient, what is the timeframe for implementation? For example: group 1 on Mondays, group 2 on Tuesdays afterschool for 6 weeks

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* Only 10 students at any one time can participate in this program. How does your school or community organization plan to maximize the impact of this limitation?

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* Please describe the culture as it pertains to biking within the entire community. List any biking, teams, clubs, shops, or advocacy groups who could be a source for support.

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* Please describe any biking infrastructure in the community including on street, paved, or soft surface trails (include projects that are in progress.)

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* Are there any suitable (low car traffic volume 20 MPH max streets or designated bike paths) routes for students to nearby points of interest (shops, community parks or libraries) from the school or community organization? Please elaborate. Maps can be emailed to Gabriela@WeAreTrailblazers.org

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* We recommend that the bikes be serviced by a professional a minimum of once a year depending on frequency of use. This can cost anywhere between $200-$600 a year depending on wear and tear. Please describe your maintenance plan for upkeep of bikes. Include potential sources for funding for repairs and replacement parts, ideas for engaging volunteers and any other maintenance solutions.

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* Please describe why you feel your school or community organization would be a great candidate for the Trailblazer Bike Club Program Grant.

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* If selected, will your school/community organization commit to: implementing the bike club program for a minimum of 5 years?

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* If selected, will your school/community organization commit to: collecting program implementation data on all participating students (anonymously) in the program for 2 years?

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* If selected, will your school/community organization commit to: reporting that data to Trailblazers promptly at the close of each biking club session?

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* If selected, will your school/community organization commit to: onboarding new program leaders should the ones listed above choose to move on?

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* If selected, do we have permission to share your school’s participation in the program on our media channels (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, press release)?

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* If selected, do we have permission to photograph club leaders and students in action for the purpose of providing content for marketing and promotion of the program?

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* By signing below, I certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

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