Bicycle Collective - Youth Programs


Youth Programs at the SLC Bike Collective have a beautiful way of tapping into the natural love children have for bikes, getting them out of their usual old routines, broadening their horizons with the seeds of healthy lifelong habits.



Youth Open Shop 


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Youth Open Shop/Earn A Bike Opportunities

Youth Open Shop is a place where youth between the ages of 10-18 can come in and utilize the shop with the help of a youth specialist, mechanics, and volunteers.    During youth open shop youth may work on their own bikes, volunteer to earn a bicycle or parts, learn bicycle mechanics, safety, teamwork, and help other youth with their bikes.   Youth Open Shop is free and does not require pre-registration, however, benches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.   Youth Open Shop is on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm, and Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm.  Please check the Bicycle Collective Calendar for updated scheduling and cancellations.   For more information please e-mail  

Youth Open Shop Rules:

  1. Be Honest

  2. Be Nice

  3. Speak Calmly

  4. Keep Space Clean

  5. Share Space and Tools

  6. Listen to Others

  7. No riding bikes in the shop.   Test rides should happen outside.

  8. Respect our Safe Space Policy:  The Bicycle Collective is a cooperative space that is accepting and inclusive of everyone


Jr. Mechanic Certification



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Jr. Mechanic Certification is a 10-week program designed to give youth ages 14-18 a basic comprehension of bicycle mechanics.  Youth may be nominated as participants, or may apply using the following application.  Youth who complete the program and pass the final practical exam will receive a certificate of completion.  This program will provide youth with basic training which may assist them in seeking employment in the bicycle industry.  This is an excellent introductory, hands-on program for any youth interested in the fields of mechanics or engineering.


What to Expect:  


  • Weekly classes covering a variety of subjects and components of the bicycle.   Class days may vary each session and are 1-2 hours long

  • Homework is required.  This may be a combination of reading material, research, and hands-on practice at the collective.   Several times will be provided each week for practice and homework at the SLC collective.   Expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on homework and practical application.  

  • Participants are expected to attend each class and must schedule a time to make-up any missed classes.  

  • Graduates from the Youth Apprenticeship will be given priority if they wish to apply for a Jr. Mechanic position at the SLC Collective.  Jr. Mechanic jobs will be filled throughout the year as they are available, and are given to youth who demonstrate aptitude, a positive attitude, team-work, leadership, and a desire to learn.   

     Download an Application here:  YouthApprenticeshipApplication.pdf

     Or Contact:   for more information 

The next session begins on January 6th, 2017



Trips for Kids®

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Trips for Kids® Salt Lake City was Established in 2008 with the realization that too many youth grow up in the valley without experiencing the abundance of natural beauty and fun that our local mountains have to offer. Our goal is to get these youth outdoors and share with them an appreciation for nature, exercise, and mountain biking.


Trips for Kids rides consist of 2-5 hour trips, meeting up to 14 youth at a given trailhead, and teaching them how to mountain bike. We provide the mountain bikes, transportation of bikes, water bottles, Cliff Bars, first aid, experience, and instruction. We work with after-school programs, elementary/high schools, and Boy Scouts of America to name a few.

If you would like to organize a group of youth to go on a trips for kids ride in Salt Lake this summer, contact Shelly Wedge to schedule a ride. 

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Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is a recognized affiliate of Trips For Kids® , a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in San Rafael, California. Trips for Kids wasfounded in 1988 and now operates in around 75 locations throughout the United States and several international locations. As an affiliate, we embrace Trip for Kids' mission: to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. We currently operate their Ride Program for our local community. These programs aim to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our sponsors. We are proud to be working in partnership with these companies.. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing these businesses whenever possible.


As a community bike shop we rely on you, the volunteer, to keep each and every Bike Collective program going. We are always looking for Earn-A-Bike Instructors and Trips for Kids Ride Leaders. No experience necessary, just a love for teaching and mentoring. We provide volunteer instruction so that you have the necessary skills to teach.


Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and sponsors - we can only accomplish what we do with you!

For the latest, see us on facebook, or visit our blog below.

For more information about our youth programs & volunteering


Youth Open Shop:  


Trips For Kids Coordinator Shelly Wedge

Here are a few of our sponsors:

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Trips for Kids: Valley Mental Health West ARTEC

04 August 2010 Published in Youth Programs
We've partnered up with Valley Mental Health West ARTEC this year. Fast and fearless this teen group of 15 students was hands down amazing to mountain bike with! To protect the identity of the students we will not be posting pictures.

Trips for Kids: Rowland Hall

15 July 2010 Published in Youth Programs
Rowland Hall SummerWorks contacted our Trips for Kids program for their Dirt Week (earth/eco week)! Working with two groups we taught one group of 8 students how to ride bikes and the other group of 10 students had a great intro to mountain biking.

Newest Sponsor: Nutcase Helmets

20 August 2010 Published in Youth Programs
Nutcase Helmets has agreed to donate 30 brand new helmets and they've just arrived! Nutcase didn't hesitate to help Trips for Kids SLC out. I swear each group loves the cool designs Nutecase provides! "CAN WE KEEP THEM PPPLLLEEEEAAASSEE!?"

Trips for Kids: Youth City

20 August 2010 Published in Youth Programs
We partnered up with all four of the Youth City locations this summer for Trips for Kids. Liberty Park had a great Friday morning ride going which is a lovely start to any weekend. Central City and Ottenger Hall had tight schedules, but squeezed in some pretty intense 3 hour…

Trips for Kids: P.A.L. Pete Suazo Boxing Center

04 July 2010 Published in Youth Programs
We've partnered up with the Police Athletic League Pete Suazo Boxing Center. Students are required to attend successful tutoring sessions before they are admitted to the boxing center - what a wonderful concept. Mountain biking is great cross training for these young boxers and they certainly weren't afraid of those…

Trips for Kids: Clayton Middle School

12 May 2010 Published in Youth Programs
We have partnered up with Clayton Middle School this spring for their after-school program on Fridays. We averaged about 14 kids per ride which is a great turnout and our max. (unless we get creative in transporting the bikes...) Gotta love the fearless teen groups! Just finished practicing skills in…

Trips for Kids: 1st Ride of the Season!

16 April 2010 Published in Youth Programs
This cool sunny April morning marks the 1st ride of the season for Trips for Kids SLC. Working with a Boy Scouts of America Troop based in SLC we stop for breathtaking views, snacks, and water.


26 May 2010 Published in Youth Programs
A BIG THANK YOU TO... for donating some new Pearl Izumi cycling gloves to Trips for Kids SLC!

2 Mile Challenge

24 March 2010 Published in Youth Programs Vote Trips for Kids National and we can apply for a grant to expand our Trips for Kids SLC program! SIGN UP, VOTE, LOG YOUR MILES!

Volunteer for Trips for Kids®!

16 February 2010 Published in Youth Programs
2010 marks our 3rd year of Trips for Kids® Salt Lake City! TFK® is a mountain bike program for disadvantaged youth, rooted in Marin County, CA, with locations throughout the United States. We have a flock of hardtail mountain bikes and a truck with trailer to transport the bikes. This…

Bike Rodeos

19 January 2010 Published in Youth Programs
Want to coordinate a Bike Rodeo for your organization? While we do not perform any Bike Rodeos, we do have minature traffic signs that can be reserved and rented with a fully refundable deposit if you would like to put on one yourself.  We also highly recommend that you use the League of…

Pedals for Hope Ride: SUCCESS!

26 May 2009 Published in Youth Programs
Entheos Academy 9th Grade body organizes ride and raises over $10,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute My lovely students! Earlier this month I traveled to Entheos Academy to help prepare them for a 4 day fund raiser ride. About 1/3 of the entire 7th, 8th, and 9th grade rode up…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah joins Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective’s Earn a Bike Program

08 April 2009 Published in Youth Programs
For Immediate Release Salt Lake City, Utah (April 8, 2009) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is excited to announce their involvement with the Earn a Bike Program that the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective has hosted since 2003. This is an amazing opportunity for the youth of our…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective!

08 April 2009 Published in Youth Programs
For Immediate Release Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah joins Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective’s Earn a Bike ProgramSalt Lake City, Utah (April 8, 2009) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is excited to announce their involvement with the Earn a Bike Program that the Salt Lake City Bicycle…

Youth Director Travels to Marin, CA

27 March 2009 Published in Youth Programs
I've just returned from a successful volunteer training with Trips For Kids Marin & The Re-Cyclery! "Operating in the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips For Kids® (TFK®) has opened the world of cycling to over 50,000 at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The more than sixty…

Trips for Kids: 2008 Report

05 October 2008 Published in Youth Programs
The bicycle collective's newest youth program, Trips For Kids SLC, got off the ground this summer with its mission to share the thrill and healthy challenge of mountain-biking with local kids who might otherwise not have a chance to experience it. With a donated trailer and fleet of some new…

Safe Routes to Schools

10 January 2009 Published in Youth Programs
The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective offers consulting services to Utah school districts that are taking advantage of the wonderful federal funding program, Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S). 

Trips for Kids® Salt Lake City

02 April 2008 Published in Youth Programs
Official SLC Chapter! Trips For Kids® is a national organization that provides the materials, moral support and inspiration that an individual or group needs to form a chapter and help disadvantaged kids discover the joy of mountain biking.  With more than sixty chapters in the United States and Canada, Trips…

Earn-a-Bike Program

10 February 2006 Published in Youth Programs
In a world of disposable products and video games today’s youth is losing touch with their mechanical aptitude. Our Earn-A-Bike classes re-acquaint the concept of repair, provide an affordable means of transportation, promotes a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, teach safety, as well as instill self-confidence and pride. The students take…