We’ll change your flat tire.
You’ll help us change the world.
The Bike Union is a full service bicycle shop and so much more. We are a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring at-risk adolescents in Omaha and to strengthening our community as a whole. When you support our social enterprise, your patronage supports programs designed to help area adolescents achieve a healthy and rewarding future.
All our efforts center around the core belief that zip code and socio-economic status should not determine opportunity and success for Omaha’s adolescent population, especially adolescents who are at-risk. The Bike Union retail store is strategically located in Downtown Omaha, allowing us to reach at-risk adolescents living in North and South Omaha, communities most in need.
The Bike Union Apprenticeship Program is a paid, on the job program that aims to help youth who have aged out of foster care develop personally and professionally. This 12 month-long paid program not only focuses on the technical skills needed to work in the bike shop and coffeehouse but also focuses on the core competency skills necessary for success. Within the apprenticeship program employees will focus on target areas such as personal finance and budgeting, reading comprehension, mindfulness and active listening, health and diet issues, personal communication, as well as general life skills. All of these programs aim to provide the instruction and opportunities all youth and young adults deserve to learn.
BUMP Youth Biking Program
Did you know that the prevalence of Obesity has quadrupled among boys and girls over the past 25 years?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that kids ages 6-17 years old should be getting 60 minutes of exercise daily–whereas only a fraction of this demographic meet the recommendations.
BUMP is our mountain biking program designed to introduce the benefits of cycling to kids in our community. Among the benefits of this program are a healthy lifestyle, setting and achieving goals, and self-esteem building. Participants set goals and are tested on technical bicycling riding skills. We are happy to partner with Girls Inc. and Child Saving Institute on this program. BUMP meets weekly June-August.