Bring a kids bike to a Bike Bonanza and swap for a bigger or better one for free!
Bike Bonanzas are brought to you by Bike New York, Recycle-A-Bicycle, NYC DOT, and NYPD.
At each Bike Bonanza, NYC DOT provides free fittings and helmets to kids accompanied by an adult and to adults, while supplies last.
Kids learn all the basics at Bike New York's Learn to Ride classes!
We are all done for the 2013 season of Bike Bonanzas but check back in the spring for our 2014 classes to begin. See you next year!
Bike Bonanzas feature free, fun activities for the whole family: a Learn to Ride class, free helmets for kids and adults, a kids bike swap, bike registration, and more.
Bike New York knows that kids and bikes go together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s why we’ve partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation, Recycle-A-Bicycle, and the NYPD to help make bicycling as easy, safe, and fun as we can for your entire family. Join us at one of this season’s Bike Bonanzas to pick up a free helmet, upgrade your child’s bike, or have your child learn how to ride for the first time. Find more information regarding each activity below.
No registration is required to attend a Bike Bonanza, but registration is preferred for children who plan to participate in a Learn to Ride — Kids class. Get more info and register for Learn to Ride — Kids here.
All class dates and locations are subject to change. Please check back for updates.
Learn to Ride — Kids Class Hosted by Bike New York
Learning how to ride a two-wheeler can be challenging, and trying to teach a child the old-fashioned way can be even more difficult—not to mention frustrating! But Bike New York’s Learn to Ride — Kids class is different. Enroll your children and they’ll be balancing, pedaling, starting, and stopping with control before you know it.
Learn to Ride — Kids is free and open to kids five and older. Pre-registration is preferred. Participants must bring their own bicycles and helmets. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Get more details about Learn to Ride — Kids here.
Free Helmet Fitting and Giveaway Hosted by NYC DOT
Helmet hair is cool! Helmets are required by law for bicyclists 13 and younger, and are a good idea for everyone. While supplies last, the official New York City bicycle helmet will be fitted and distributed free of charge by NYC DOT staff at each Bike Bonanza.
To receive a helmet you must: be present; learn how to properly fit and wear a helmet before you receive it; have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a waiver for children younger than age 18; sign your own waiver if you are 18 or older and receiving a helmet for yourself.
Find more information on the NYC DOT Bicycle Information website.
Kids Bike Swap Hosted by Recycle-A-Bicycle
Is your child’s bike too small? At each Bike Bonanza, non-profit Recycle-A-Bicycle hosts a kids bike swap, where families can bring used bikes that their children have outgrown and exchange them for fully refurbished childrens bikes. If there are bikes left over at the end of each event, Recycle-A-Bicycle will distribute them on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Bike Registration With NYPD
Once you swap your old bike for a new one (or even if you don’t), kids and adults are invited to register their bikes with members of the NY Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit.
Free of charge, NYPD will engrave bicycles with unique registration numbers and special decals, which help trace the bicycle back to its proper owner if ever stolen and recovered.
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Traffic Smarts Quiz
Before your next ride, test yourself with these 12 questions to find out how well you know your rights and responsibilities as a street cyclist.
Did You Know?
Just 30 years ago, two-thirds of all school students walked or biked to school. Today, fewer than 10% of schoolchildren get to school by walking or cycling.