Picturesque setting overlooking an iconic bay + Stellar weather + Partnering with an incredible bike advocacy organization! It's just that easy.
Yesterday we dropped in on the Ybike (YMCA's San Fran bicycle program) Learn to Ride event on the Main Post Lawn in the Presidio district of San Francisco.
If you know of the Presidio you know what a special place it is. If you haven't been to the Presidio you absolutely need to. This old military installation turned National Park is one of the most beautiful settings in San Francisco and a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with the family.
While reaching out to bike advocacy orgs in advance of the Northern California leg of our Raise Riders Tour, we were e-introduced to Matt Dove, Director of Bicycle Programs at Ybike. A few emails and phone calls later and we decided to help support Matt's amazing staff, and tireless volunteers at their monthly Learn To Ride Event.
Matt Dove and his little shredder
Every first Sunday or every month, the Ybike team helps hundreds of kids learn to ride. Yes, 100-200 kids EVERY first Sunday! Incredible.
This month (November 2018), over 100 families came by to experience the Ybike learn to ride course PLUS the infamous (ok, in our own minds) Buddy Pegs Bicycle Playground!
Over the course of the afternoon we learned a few more tricks of the trade from the Ybike instructors and had a great time sharing Little Moments and Big Memories.
BONUS: We added two more names to the Pedaler Hall of Fame including this boy who was FIRED UP to feel the freedom of two wheels! Dad was more than a little stoked himself :)
Enjoy the photo gallery - sorry we don't have more pics...it was too busy to shoot more :)
We know you are tired when you come home from work or after a chaotic day, and the notion of loading up bikes, snacks and such to get to the trailhead or a safe riding area seems overwhelming, but the rewards you get when riding with your child outnumber anything else.
The added time you put in to make it happen will pay off in more ways than can be counted. Even old dogs can learn new tricks, so get out there with your child and look for those new tricks!
At Buddy Pegs, we envision a world where the kids of today become the joyful and inspiring leaders of tomorrow. Leaders who not only lead on a global scale but also leaders who act locally to guide their communities day to day.
We believe kids who grow up with outdoor adventure, and a close relationship with the adults in their lives, are more likely to change the world for the better.
Each bike with training wheels displayed on your sales floor says something to EVERY customer who walks in: Training wheels are a standard part of learning to ride. They're normal.
This is wrong! We need to change this.
Listen, this is not T-ball where propping up the baseball on a pilon helps to develop a proper swing. Using training wheels to learn to ride is like using a golf tee to teach a kid to hit homers.