The Oasis Bike Workshop is a collaboration between the Oasis Center and Halcyon Bike Shop. The Workshop is a free, six week program open to Nashville’s youth, and thanks to our friends at Humana, it is housed in a beautiful new workshop at the Youth Opportunity Center.
The Bike Workshop grew from concern that youth of our city do not have adequate transportation, don’t get adequate exercise, and are often overlooked as agents of change. Collectively, we agree that bicycling is a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation that is often forgotten or considered to be too difficult and dangerous for youth on our urban streets. Other times, bikes are simply unaffordable.
Youth participants take a pledge promising to pass on the knowledge they gain in these workshops to other young people in their neighborhoods. The valuable skills connect them back to their neighborhoods in a healthy way. The youth are also empowered to to to become activist for positive change in the larger community.
Since June 2009, over 400 youth have completed the bike program. That means 400 more young people own a bike, are safe and skilled riders and now have access to more opportunities than ever before!
The Bike Workshop also has a mobile unit so the team can meet young people where they are. They visit various community centers throughout the year. Visit their website to get a complete schedule & more information: Oasis Bike Workshop
In early 2012, The Workshop was featured on NPR. The account reveals the benefits to youth participants and the “unintentional” destiny of it’s founder, Dan Furbish. For the entire story, visit: Some Assembly Required
If you’d like to volunteer or donate a bike, please contact Dan Furbish.