Trips for Kids (TFK) is a non-profit dedicated to providing “transformative cycling experiences for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.” With National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day taking place this Saturday, October 3, the group is building awareness of the programs they offer and asking for support. There are currently dozens of TFK chapters located in the US and Canada offering programs including trail rides for kids, earn-a-bike workshops, mobile bike clinics, and “ReCylery” bike shops.
It’s easy to get involved and to show support for the group, which has been around since 1993.
Donate: This is the quickest and easiest way to help. TFK has set a goal of raising $7,500 by October 3 and plans to use much of the funding to help establish a new, “virtual” Earn-a-Bike program to help kids get bikes even if they can’t show up to repair clinics in person or don’t have a chapter nearby. With many children stuck at home during the pandemic, getting a bike to ride can be a huge boost both physically and mentally.
Make a purchase: The second easiest way to help is to bid on an item in the Trips for Kids online auction, hosted by eBay. Industry supporters have donated hundreds of new items including helmets, parts, clothing, and even bike frames. It’s all up for bid right now through October 3, so check out the items to see if there’s anything you need. Making a purchase is a win-win!
Support your local chapter… or start your own! Use the map above to see if there’s a chapter nearby and reach out to see how you can get involved. Many groups will be participating in Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day this Saturday, which is a good opportunity to think about the kids in your community who could benefit from mountain biking.
For more information go to TripsforKids.org.