Positive Spin

Positive Spin Summer Dreamers Academy students with volunteer James Simkins

Positive Spin Youth Bike Program

Positive Spin is BikePGH’s free youth cycling program that teaches youth the skills they need to safely explore their neighborhood on two wheels and become lifelong cyclists.

The program pairs adult mentors with youth to enjoy bike rides, complete advocacy projects, and learn basic maintenance. Over the past decade, it has served thousands of youth and reshaped to fit a half-dozen different after-school facilities. 

The result is empowering youth to play active roles in their personal health and the vitality of their communities. The Positive Spin Program has served thousands of youth over the last decade.

It has been reshaped to serve many schools and organizations including Pittsburgh’s Arsenal 6-8, Schiller STEAM 6-8, Obama Academy 9-12, and 412 Youth Zone as well as providing auxiliary support to other program sites starting their own youth cycling programs. 

The Future of Positive Spin

As we move into a new decade Positive Spin will be undergoing another transformation, we will no longer offer our regular after-school programming. Instead, we are focused on bringing bike safety and education to students during the school day with our Confident Commuter Workshops. 

We are taking big steps to institutionalize bike education and safety to the Pittsburgh Public School system! If you are interested in bringing our workshop to your school,  please send us an email at info@bikepgh.org.

This program features: 

  • One (1) four-hour training for staff on the Positive Spin curriculum, how to lead bike safety exercises, and best practices of the program.
  • Up to 4 hours of training with students.
  • Up to 15 bikes assorted sizes (ex 5 extra small, 5-7smll, 2 medium, 2 large, 1 extra-large). 
  • Up to 15 helmets assorted sizes.
  • Up to 2 caboose bags and materials including (1 multi-tool,1 hand pump, 3-4 replacement tubes, 1-2 tire levers, 1-2 patch kits,1-2 First aid kits, zip ties).
  • Up to 15 water bottles.
  • Decoration materials for helmets.  
  • Maintenance of bikes. 

Once your club has started, our continued engagement could include but is not limited to guest-hosting rides, sharing your story with BikePGH followers, and civic or advocacy engagement opportunities!

If you or your staff are interested in hosting a youth bike club we can help you get up and running. If you know any other organizations serving youth before or after school that would like to use the Positive Spin curriculum, please get in touch!


Start your own youth program with the Positive Spin toolkit

Click here to download a copy of The Positive Spin Toolkit — a tried and tested guide which Bike Pittsburgh developed to bring innovative youth cycling programming to your community. Positive Spin is a youth cycling program that teaches youth the skills they need to safely explore their neighborhood on two wheels and become lifelong cyclists.

It provides the opportunity for youth to experience the freedom granted by a bicycle, improves self-confidence, teaches self-reliance, and integrates healthy activity into everyday life. This toolkit is meant to help you — whether you’re a Physical Education Instructor, Program Administrator, PTA Member or Community Leader, you can implement this transformative programming with youth in your community.

Check out the Positive Spin Toolkit