Our current Midtown Mechanics Bicycle Repair Class is full!
Our next class will be held in 2021, but check back. We are hoping to obtain funding for a second 2020 class
Session: Saturday April 17th Saturday June 5th. There will be no ride on May 29th (Memorial Day weekend).!
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. Registration is now open. Cost: $50.00 for YMCA Members and $75.00 for Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away. Sign up in the Y Membership Office or online: https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/2186/ProgramsV2/Search.mvc?category_ids=TAG37236
The 15th Annual Tour de Kingston and Ulster
Save The Date – Sunday June 28th
We’re planning the best Tour ever for 2020! More info coming soon, so check back!
Have a look back at the 2019 Tour at https://www.tourdekingston.com
GOT A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
The YMCA accepts donated bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it. Or if your child has outgrown a bike, it may be great for another child. Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult or youth 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!
Smart Cycling Bike Safety Class for Adults Friday-Saturday March 27-28
This program is 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. Students will 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.
The Smart Cycling course includes four hours of classroom instruction, which can also be done online at bikeed.org, and five hours of on-bike instruction. The Kingston Smart Cycling class will be taught by Tom Polk and Rosemary Quinn, certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs).
Bike and helmet required; participants may bring their own or use the Y’s. Registration: $50.00. Financial assistance is available. Time: 5:30 – 9:00 Friday March 27th, 9:30 – 4:00pm Saturday March 28. Location: YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401.
Register online: https://bit.do/SCKingston
Wednesday April 15th, 6 – 8pm
If you ride a bike, chances are you will get a flat tire at some time or another, which may mean getting a ride or walking home. The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County wants to give you another option: fixing your flat!
The Y is presenting a 2-hour clinic on how to repair a flat tire on Wednesday, April 15th from 6 to 8pm. Held at the Y in Kingston, participants will get a patch kit and instruction from experienced bicyclists. There will be hands-on practice using old wheels and inner tubes. The first 10 people to register will get a free bike pump (donated through People’s Place https://www.peoplesplacekingston.org/).
Minimum age is 12, and any participants under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no charge for the person coming with the youth.
Register at the Y Membership Office, 507 Broadway or online at http://bit.do/fixaflat20 Registration is $25.00.
For those who never learned to ride a bike, we have a 2-hour program geared to getting you riding or your money back! 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. Location: YMCA. Contact us to schedule your lesson!
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
Community Biking Events
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
The Y and Bike Friendly Kingston are joining forces with the Kingston Repair Cafe
http://www.repaircafehv.org/kingston/for a free bike clinic on Saturday, March 14th from 11 to 2 (last bike at 2pm, please!) at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston. Bring you bike in for some basic repairs, or our advice on what needs fixing!
Save the date – Saturday, October 10th – for bike rides in conjunction with the O+ Festival in Kingston https://opositivefestival.org/kingston/(October 9 – 11). The Y will be hosting the Mural to Mural Recovery Ride at 9am, which will tour the city and stop at the new (and some old) murals created by O+ artists. We’re working on the route, but you can expect a 7-10 mile ride around Midtown and Uptown 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 undeserved 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