Earn-A-Bike (EAB) Builds a Greener and more Bike-Friendly Boulder.
The Earn-A-Bike program has gotten over 1,500 low-income friends and neighbors on bikes since 2006! We seek to create equitable access to bicycles throughout our community.
Bike Commuting as a Way of Life
Help us keep the greenest transportation growing in Boulder!
100% of Earn-A-Bikers ride more than the daily amount needed to cut carbon emissions to target levels. Read more about carbon reductions by cycling!
Your participation and support helps us cut carbon emissions and helps Boulder meet its carbon reduction goals.
Who is eligible?
Earn-A-Bike is for low-come participants who are 16 and older and who do not own a well-functioning bike. To earn-a-bike, you must meet the following annual income criteria.
Single | $22,500 or less 2-person family | $28,600 or less 3-person family | $34,700 or less
If you do not meet the income criteria, please consider purchasing one of our affordable, refurbished bikes.
People referred from a social services agency, currently receiving services, may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please come in to our shop during open hours to discuss a fee waiver. Waivers are considered primarily for people receiving services from Boulder’s social service organizations, such as the Homeless Shelter, Safehouse, Boulder Housing Partners, and others.
- Your own bicycle! A credit of $225 is given for a refurbished bicycle
- Instruction in basic bike mechanics
- 1-year membership, including unlimited shop use, discounts, and more!
Program fee: $20*
*this is a non refundable fee
A graduate says:
“I have benefited enormously from this program! I could not afford a bicycle, and I was not very knowledgeable about them.”
“I have saved a lot of money on fuel, and I use my car so little. I enjoy the health benefits of bicycling, and I also get to see and interact with my neighborhood.”
How long does it take?
Our goal is for you to complete the program within one month. If you don’t have that much available time, you can purchase a bike at our shop, along with a membership to Community Cycles, and take classes and workshops to keep learning about your bike!
Please plan to pick up your new bicycle within THREE MONTHS of completing the program!
Fill out the Earn-A-Bike application.
How Does It Work?
Earn-A-Bike works in three steps:
Volunteer two shifts at Community Cycles.
Take the Fix-A-Flat clinic and EAB Mechanics 101 course (included in your Earn-A-Bike fee). These classes are being taught on alternating Monday evenings.
After finishing your hours, we will outfit you with a refurbished bike, a lock, a helmet and a one-year Community Cycles membership.
Bikes are typically late-20th-century mountain bikes.