Basementeer Spotlight: Trips for Kids Marin
About Trips for Kids Marin
Trips for Kids Marin's mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. Our programs aim to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values. Since our inception, we have introduced over 40,000 bay area youth to the joys of mountain biking. Our mission comes alive through our three main youth programs: Trail Rides, Earn-a-Bike, and Mobile Bike Workshop.
To support Trips for Kids Marin or learn more about our programs, check out our website below:
Trail Ride Programs
Our Trail Ride Programs encompass a variety of rides including weekly after school bike clubs, family bike festivals, and scenic day-long ‘Discovery’ trail ride adventures. Kids ride trails throughout the Bay Area in gorgeous local, state and national parks while learning bike skills, self-confidence, environmental awareness and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Through our unique Earn-A-Bike program, youth in Marin County complete a six week class with hands-on lessons in bike mechanics and bike safety. After completing the course and participating in one Saturday ride, each participant earns their own bike, helmet, and lock. Workshops are held in our own facility located in San Rafael’s Canal District, a unique multi-cultural neighborhood. Many participating youth earn their bike and return to our intermediate and advanced mechanics classes.
Mobile Bike Workshops
In our Mobile Bike Workshop program, we bring the joy of biking to kids at their school or community after-school sites. Trips for Kids brings the bikes, helmets, tools, and an instructor to teach lessons on safe bike riding skills and mechanics.The 10-30 week curriculum teaches a new skill each week including fixing a flat tire, adjusting brakes, and making basic safety repairs.
Our bicycle thrift shop: The Re-Cyclery
The Re-Cyclery, as a bicycle thrift store, serves our community by upcycling donated bikes and cycling equipment, keeping used gear out of the landfill. Donations are either refurbished and sold at a deep discount by our bike shop mechanics or salvaged for parts. Profits from the Re-Cyclery help to run our Bay Area youth programs. Learn more about The Rec-Cyclery below, come visit us at 610 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901 or give us a call at (415) 458-2986 ext. 1.
What We Are Doing During COVID-19
During the shelter-in-place orders in California, one of the best socially distant activities is riding a bicycle! But, it can be confusing how to get rolling and riding safely on a bicycle and a little guidance can make all the difference. Trips for Kids Marin is here to help. We put together a 'Virtual Discovery Ride Series' that guides a new rider on how to prepare themselves and their bike to ride safely. Once you and your bike are ready, our series continues with videos on how to test your biking skills, including tips on, body position, shifting, braking, and how to set up a 'cone course'. Check it out and get riding!
How You Can Help
Your support will help Trips for Kids Marin get #morekidsonbikes! Make Trips for Kids Marin your Basementeer Beneficiary and check out our website on how to donate goods (like giving your old bike a new home) or financially below.