Community Bike Repair
The Y and Bike Friendly Kingston will be offering free bike repair clinics starting in March. If your bike is making noises, or you have a flat tire, or if you just want to get it checked over, bring it to the Repair Clinic. Our volunteer mechanics will diagnose, and if possible, repair your bike. No advance registration required. The events are free, but donations are welcome! You must bring your bike and obey all current Covid-19 safety protocols when you come!
The clinics will be outdoors in the YMCA Parking Lot, 507 Broadway (entrance on Pine Grove Avenue):
Saturday, March 26, 11am to 3pm (last bike at 2pm). Rain date: Monday, March 28, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm).
Friday, April 22, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Saturday April 23, 12:30-3pm.
Thursday, May 19, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Friday, May 20.
Tuesday, June 14, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Wednesday, June 15.
Wednesday, July 13, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Thursday, July 14.
Thursday, August 11, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Friday, August 12.
Wednesday, September 14, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Thursday, July 15.
Wednesday, October 12, 3 – 6pm (last bike at 5:30pm). Rain date: Friday, October 14.
Saturday, November 12, 11am to 3pm (last bike at 2pm). No rain date.
We will also have free helmets, bike locks, safety vests, bells and lights to give out while supplies last.
Lend-A-Wheel Bicycle Donation and Reuse Program
GOT A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
The YMCA accepts donated adult bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it. Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult in our community!
OR NEED A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
If you need a bike to get to work, school, appointments or errands, you can request one. As bikes get donated and fixed, we will contact you with just the right one!
Bike It! Youth Bicycle Education Program
Bike It! is open to kids aged 10 and up, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, from 9am to noon. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. Our spring 2022 season will start on April 23rd and run through June 11th. Registration is $50 for YMCA Members and $75 for non-members. Financial assistance is available. Online registration will open in February. Check back then for more details.
Midtown Mechanics Bike Repair Class
Midtown Mechanics is a program that offers youth from 14 to 24 the opportunity to learn bike mechanics and earn their own bicycle. The eight week program is led by professional bike mechanics and each session will focus on a different bike component so that by the end of the course, the whole bike will be completely rebuilt and ready to ride
Due to Covid -19 restrictions, no classes are currently scheduled. We hope to bring this program back as soon as it is safe to do so. Check back for updates!!
The 17th Annual Tour de Kingston and Ulster
Join Us in Kingston, Sunday September 11th
The 2022 Tour de Kingston is back for an in-person, on-bike event once again! With the Forsyth Park Pavilion as our base, we invite you to roll up for one of our six awesome cycling routes:
The Free Family Fun Ride is a flat, five-mile course that starts at 10 a.m. and travels through Uptown and Midtown Kingston. Riders are escorted by volunteer Ride Marshals and the Kingston Police Department.
The Hurley Rail Trail is the centerpiece of the Road and Trail Rides, which start at 9:30 a.m. and offer beginning and intermediate riders distances of 8 to 16 miles on roads and the flat, paved Hurley trail.
Starting at 9 a.m. are the ever-popular 25- and 50-mile road rides for intermediate and experienced riders.
The mostly off-road Gravel Grinder Ride, suitable only for the most experienced riders, will start at 8:30 a.m. The route features dirt roads, rail trails and some pavement riding with challenging terrain and lots of hills.
Registration information will be available in March, so check back to sign up!.
Proceeds from the Tour support community bike repair, safety education for youth and the Tour De Kingston Community Scholarships. Scholarship applications are available by contacting Tom Polk at email@example.com
Bicycle Education Programs
Smart Cycling Bike Safety Class for Adults Friday-Saturday April 1 – 2 (No Foolin’!)
With Kingston’s burgeoning network of bike lanes and rail trails, there have never been more opportunities to ride a bike for fun, health, or to get around town. Want to know how to navigate safely in traffic? Or where do those trails lead to? Need advice on the kind of bike that’s right for you? Then sign up for our Smart Cycling class. It’s been designed for those who have been riding for years as well as those who are just thinking about getting on (or back on) a bike. Ages 16 and up are invited to join the class.
Smart Cycling is the leading national bicycle education curriculum developed by the League of American Bicyclists http://bikeleague.org/ and has taught thousands of people across the county for over 40 years. It will develop your confidence and competence to ride a bike, whatever your level of ability. You’ll learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride in various traffic conditions, terrain and climates.
Smart Cycling includes four hours of classroom instruction and five hours of on-bike activities. The class will be taught by Tom Polk, certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI).
Bike and helmet required; participants may bring their own or use the Y’s. Registration is $50.00 is now open. Go to https://bit.do/Kingstonscto sign up. Financial assistance is available. The class will run from 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday April 1st, and from 9:30am to approximately 4:00pm on Saturday. Location: YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401.
Learn To Ride Private Bicycle Education Lessons
For kids and adults who never learned to ride a bike, we offer one-on-one private lessons with Bicycle Educator Tom Polk! With our safe, easy, effective method, you’ll learn how to balance, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Cost: $25.00/hour. Location: YMCA. Contact us to schedule your lesson!
School and Summer Programs
The Y Bike Education staff work with schools and summer camps across Ulster County. We have programs for kids in grades K – 8. Contact us for more details, or to start a program at your location.
Meet Bicycle Educator, Tom Polk
Community Biking Events
Bike Friendly Kingston Slow Rides
The YMCA partners with our local bike advocacy and education group, Bike Friendly Kingston, to hold weekly “Slow Rides,” which are great for families and beginner riders. Slow Rides leave from the YMCA parking lot at 6pm every Thursday starting in May. For ride details and possible cancellations due to weather, check the Bike Friendly Kingston Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikefriendlykingstonny/
Details have not been announced for the 2021 Festival, but we hope there will be bike rides again! Look for updates here or on the O+ website https://opositivefestival.org/kingston/
Other Community Bicycling Activities
We also participate in public events such as farmers’ markets, street fairs and outdoor festivals. Depending on the setting and audience, education activities can include helmet fitting and giveaways, presentations on traffic safety, distribution of safety literature, bike skills demonstrations, bike rodeos, bicycle safety checks and repairs. The focus is on underserved and disadvantaged populations, who are also some of the most vulnerable to traffic injuries and fatalities. Contact us with details of your event!
845.338.3810, x 102