Fresh Cycles starts fresh, new cycles of creativity, community engagement, empowerment, and independence.
Fresh Cycles is a fun and educational bike maintenance and recycling program on Binghamton’s North Side. Through hands-on tutorials, participants learn basic bicycle maintenance and repair skills, and earn their own bike.
In 2008, Fresh Cycles was created to provide a positive space where volunteers, neighbors, and youth could refurbish bicycles while learning a valuable life skill that is both healthy and good for the environment.
The initial program allowed neighborhood kids to earn a bike and "graduate" after ten once-a-week sessions, but following the first graduation in the fall of 2008, the kids kept coming back to Fresh Cycles. Responding to this need, the program quickly expanded to include a three days per week after-school program, where youth were able to receive homework help, eat a healthy snack, and participate in fun and educational activities with volunteers.
Supported by AmeriCorps members for its first two years, Fresh Cycles closed its doors in 2010 when the significant time commitment needed to keep the program open fell to a few volunteers.
Through the support of Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton! and United Way of Broome County, Fresh Cycles reopened its doors in November 2013. A six-month planning effort restructured the program in a way that would allow Fresh Cycles to stay open for the years to come.
Fresh Cycles now focuses solely on three programs, Earn-A-Bike, Group Rides, and Open Shop.
Note: This video was filmed in 2009, and some of the information is outdated.