Our Bike Exchange program is an ongoing effort of NavajoYES to promote fitness at the grassroots level by providing mountain bikes to local families, schools and communities as a means of surrounding our youth and communities with an “infrastructure of wellness”.
Through the program, NavajoYES acquires decent used bikes of all types that we then restore, with the assistance of local volunteers, schools and community groups. Our Bike Work Days are fun times, with lots of cool people doing good work, enjoying good food and getting lots of bikes ready for action. The first phase of the project was initiated in fall 2015, when over 80 bikes found their way in to homes. Over the past two years, we have provided bikes to groups in Aneth,T’iis Nazbas, Sweetwater, Shonto, Red Valley, Leupp, Dilcon and Beclabito.
The “exchange” part of the program works like this: youth and community members may earn a bike by putting in service time on local trails projects, at the bike work days or on other local projects.