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Trips for Kids

The only thing better than Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is taking kids mountain biking every day! If recreational outings that open doors for disadvantaged young people sound good to you, we're the organization you've been looking for.

Trips for Kids provides the materials, moral support and inspiration an individual or group needs to help disadvantaged kids discover the joy of mountain biking. Operating in the United States and Canada, we open the world of cycling to at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. Our more than 76 Trips for Kids chapters combine lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun. Chapters have been participating in IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day since its inception.

Trips for Kids National grew out of the success of the first Trips for Kids chapter, started by avid mountain biker and environmentalist Marilyn Price in Marin County, California in 1988. Marilyn knew that many kids who lived in the inner-cities of the San Francisco Bay Area had never experienced the beauty of open space just a few miles away in Marin County. By the late 1990s, Trips for Kids Marin had evolved from a one-woman enterprise into a 15-person organization, and Marilyn realized that she had an obligation to share the wisdom she had gained with the rest of the country. She formed Trips for Kids National in 1999.

Today, with support from our many generous sponsors, Trips for Kids National provides a new challenge for youth from many different backgrounds who face many different challenges. Some come from the inner city where there is temptation to join a gang. Some live on reservations where after-school activities are limited. Some come from homes where there's just not enough money to buy a bicycle. Despite their differences, all the kids have one thing in common - they are kids, and kids love bikes.

While some Trips for Kids chapters are started by an individual, other chapters have been started by organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and Boys Scouts of America. Still more have evolved out of public and private agencies committed to serving underprivileged youth such as charter schools, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and bike clubs. In addition, volunteer programs, community learning centers, community health organizations, and counseling and treatment centers have started TFK chapters. If you volunteer or work for a bike club, agency, school, or other organization, consider starting a chapter in your own organization or community. It's a great way to encourage kids to explore their natural surroundings and learn about themselves and their world in a meaningful way!

Contact Trips for Kids about starting a chapter - 415-459-2817 and our web site.

Current Trips for Kids chapters


Take kids mountain biking year 'round!