The Gearing Up program is designed to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of women involved, while teaching the practical skills necessary to integrate biking into their lifestyle. To remain in the program, women must meet expectations including remaining drug and alcohol free, consistent attendance, following rules of the road, and maintaining respect for program rules. Gearing Up staff and volunteers provide positive reinforcement for progressive change exhibited by women in the program. Following up on the commitment to ride at a scheduled time, persisting to make it up a hill, or getting back on the bike after a hard ride are some of the lessons learned while riding a bike with Gearing Up. These lessons can be transferred into skills used to become self-sufficient by sustaining sobriety, maintaining job responsibilities and creating a healthy and safe community.
The Program: Gearing UpThe end goal of the program is for women to transition to the next phase of their recovery and re-entry as independent individuals and bicycle owners. Graduation includes the presentation of a refurbished bicycle to a woman at community meeting, as well as a bicycle lock, flat changing kit, bag for bike commuting, helmet, and a lesson on how to properly lock up their bicycle and use a SEPTA bus bicycle rack, life skills to promote bicycling as a means of transportation and self-sufficiency.
Indoor Cycling Program: Gearing up offers 3 weekly indoor cycling sessions for women incarcerated in Philadelphia County Women’s Prison, Riverside Correctional Facility. Women who complete 18 sessions in 8 weeks are considered program graduates, receive a certificate of completion, and are invited to continue with Gearing Up for the duration of their incarceration as well as join Gearing Up beyond the walls and enroll in our outdoor biking program.