Bike Fun

Madison, TN   |  http://www.nashvillebikefun.org

Mission

Bike Fun helps to create more joyful bicycle riders in the Middle Tennessee area by increasing confidence and demonstrating best practices for riding. Whether you are 3 or 93, lessons and classes with Bike Fun will get you rolling with a smile.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are attempting to grow strategically and collaboratively not only with individuals that come to learn how to ride and how to ride better, but also with organizations who are already working with populations that would benefit from learning more about bicycles. 2020-2021 have been challenging years, so we look ahead to 2022 with anticipation.

Ruling year info

2020

President, Board of Directors

KJ Garner

Main address

1616 Comanche Run

Madison, TN 37115 USA

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EIN

85-0665799

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It's not always "just like riding a bike". There are barriers in place - mental, physical, emotional - to becoming a truly confident and successful bicycle rider. Bike Fun provides a safe, encouraging space for humans of all ages to enjoy the feeling of freedom - and physical and mental health benefits - that bicycle riding can provide. Bike Fun has a growing selection of bicycles for students to use to learn to ride if they don't have their own. Through programs like Strong Riding for All Riders and Bike Fun Bike Lab, riders can develop skills to assist in movement and mechanics. Bike Fun fills the gap between bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups and bicycle clubs by focusing on the beginning or novice rider year-round.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Learn to Ride a Bicycle - Individual Sessions

One-on-one learn to ride a bicycle sessions for all ages and abilities. Building up confidence one step at a time. Using the balance bike method, students learn how speed affects balance; putting one pedal on after the first step is conquered demonstrates the thrust of momentum necessary to get started. Finally, adding the second pedal and raising the saddle for proper leg extension gets the student pushing forward. Confident, careful braking and body positioning are also taught to the student.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Preteens
Children
Adolescents

This series is designed to help novice riders become more confident, successful riders by developing their bicycling skills. Each ride in the series features a focused topic. Previous topics have included gears and shifting systems; tires and fix-a-flat; and braking systems.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The Bike Fun Bike Lab is held once a month at a fixed location in the winter season, and on a pop-up basis around the Middle Tennessee area during the spring, summer, and fall. Learn more about how to be a thoughtful caregiver for your wonderful freedom machine. Using both professional bicycle tools and tools you can find around the house, riders will learn the basics of bicycle maintenance including chain cleaning and care, fix-a-flat, and general bicycle cleaning. Riders will increase their riding confidence by learning more about the mechanical operation of their bikes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Preteens

This ride is no-drop, slow roll, centering new and returning riders. A brief maintenance topic will be covered at the beginning of each ride. Occurs on 2 Tuesdays per month during the spring, summer, and fall. Women, non-binary, and gender nonconforming humans are welcome to participate. Bike Fun aims to provide a supportive learning environment for humans who don't always find representation in typical bicycle clubs or events.

Population(s) Served
Women
Transgender people
Adults

This ride is no-drop, slightly faster pace than the beginner rides, focusing on stretching endurance and distance. Occurs on 2 Thursdays per month during the spring, summer, and fall. Women, non-binary, and gender nonconforming humans are welcome to participate. Bike Fun aims to provide a supportive learning environment for humans who don't always find representation in typical bicycle clubs or events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women
Transgender people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member, League of American Bicyclists 2021

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People who are bicycle riders, want to become bicycle riders, or who want to help others become bicycle riders.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are such a small organization with a limited - but growing! - audience; we have added morning programming in addition to after-work (9-5) to reach different audiences. Much of the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It never makes sense to presume what you're doing is always the right or correct way. Listening to students and satellite parties means there's always an opportunity to develop new strategies or outreach.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bike Fun

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

KJ Garner

Carey Rogers

Amy Bryant

Daniel Montalvo

Jeff Brousal

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/05/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.