Selecting A Partner
We select partners based on how well they support our mission to provide bicycles to at-risk and foster kids. We assess their ability to provide goods and services needed to fulfill our mission. Partners are also vetted to ensure that our core values are compatible and our work together will be mutual beneficial to them as well.
Choosing A Location
We select locations based on geography and assessments of need. We also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability or resources to pull off both events and bike builds. Additionally, a community’s willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain and build a footprint over time.
Determining Project Costs
There’s more to giving a bike away than wheels, frames and tools. Costs include transportation, storage, and city fees associated with hosting our events.
Establishing Best Practices
There are many ways to deliver bikes to at-risk and foster kids. We work with sector experts to know which approaches are most effective so we can continue to ensure that our programs utilize best practices in the communities we serve.
Working with Local Governments
Local government plays a major part in keeping the wheels turning. We engage with city, county and state officials and their staff to plan, develop, and map the bike routes used so support our mission. This strengthens local ownership and helps build support for long-term partnerships.
Every event is planned and positioned so local stakeholders have assurances that their contributions directly affect the children in their respective communities and deliver tangible results our partners can measure.