BikePGH’s Positive Spin is a free after school bike program that teaches youth the essential skills they need to safely operate bikes and navigate city streets, trails, and parks. Positive Spin pairs adult mentors with youth to complete bike rides, advocacy projects, and learn basic maintenance. The result is empowering youth to play active roles in their personal health and the vitality of their communities. This program currently serves Pittsburgh’s Arsenal 6-8, Schiller STEAM 6-8, and Obama Academy 9-12, as well as providing auxiliary support to other program sites starting their own youth cycling programs. Positive Spin has also been adapted into an Earn-A-Bike program which currently operates out of the 412 Youth Zone.
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Positive Spin In The News:
April 2018 Positive Spin Turns Wheels At Environmental Charter School
March 2018 Positive Spin Presents At National Bike Summit 2018
February 2018 Keeping Up With the 412 Youth Zone
February 2018 Positive Spin at Obama Pedals Through Pittsburgh Winter
December 2017 Positive Spin Kids Test Air Quality
November 2017 Report Back from the Youth Bike Summit
October 2017 Positive Spin Brings Youth Cycling to Obama Academy
October 2016 Positive Spin River Rides
October 2016 Positive Spin Wins Impact Award
August 2016 Positive Spin Youth Complete 50 Mile Ride
July 2016 Positive Spinners Earn Bike Safety Certificates
March 2016 A Girl’s Guide To Learn To Ride
December 2015 Nysirh’s Story: I Told Myself To Be Confident
September 2015 2,430 miles: Summer Camp Was a Blast
July 2015 City Paper: School Kids Learn To Ride City Streets
June 2015 We’re Taking on Positive Spin!
October 2014 Spotlight on The Neighborhood Academy’s Bulldogs
October 2014 These Kids Are Improving West End Streets
June 2014 Project for Public Spaces: Power of Positive Spin
May 2014: Trib Live: US Attn Hickton Rides With Clairton Students
August 2012: Trib Live: Northside Kids Give Spin on Cycling
If you have any questions about this program, please direct them to Julie by emailing email@example.com.
The photos below are courtesy of both MGR Youth Empowerment and Bike Pittsburgh.