Community Bicycle Center

Community Bicycle Center LogoThe Community Bicycle Center (CBC) believes that every child deserves a safe place to connect and grow during the critical non-school hours, which is why we provide daily afterschool programming and summer camps, free of charge, for over 400 young people each year.
Led by an active Board of Directors, caring staff, peer leaders, and adult volunteers across Southern Maine and beyond, the CBC is committed to supporting equity in the after-school environment and increasing access to critical out-of-school programming for all youth. A completed permission form is a young person’s only requirement to join!
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Since the CBC’s inception as a volunteer-run program in January 2001 and its incorporation in December 2005, this notoriously cost-free, low/no barrier program (“just walk in; we’ll take care of the rest”) has become an essential part of a healthy childhood for hundreds of kids, their siblings, and families in Biddeford and surrounding communities.
The CBC offers eight distinct programs in addition to civic engagement opportunities and educational programming four days-a-week through a codified partnership with the Biddeford School Department. Our core program is daily, drop-in open shop time for kids to connect and grow through hands-on bike repair with adult and peer-to-peer mentors.
Beyond creating opportunities for leadership, job skill development, mentoring relationships, diverse educational pathways, free summer camp, and community outreach, the CBC provides young people with a safe space to build community, unplug, connect with positive people, and to simply belong.
Our approach to youth development is based on developmental asset research (what kids need to succeed) and geared toward developing critical life skills including reliance, problem-solving and goal-persistence. We are focused on long-term outcomes, taking a strengths-based approach to increasing the protective factors that promote positive social-emotional health and social well-being, and integrating youth in physical fitness, outdoor recreation and mind/body health in the process.