Remember that freedom and independence you felt the first time you rode a bike? The set of programs and initiatives now collectively known as “YBike” began in 2002 when a Presidio Y member began volunteering to teach kids how to ride bikes. We realized early on that bicycles provide the perfect tool to help youth. Not only do our participants learn how to safely navigate the streets of San Francisco, but they also learn about their own local communities and other parts of the city including the Presidio.
Led by caring adults, we engage more than 4,000 participants each year, resulting in thousands of youth who are active, outdoor enthusiasts and skilled cyclists. YBike offers a wide range of bike and traffic safety education programs, including: afterschool bike clubs, bicycle safety rodeos, PE programs, Safe Routes to School bicycle and pedestrian safety education classes, and free monthly learn to ride events.
Afterschool Bike Clubs
Afterschool Bike Clubs
YBike began in 2004 as an afterschool bike program at three local middle schools. Today we run After School Bike Clubs at elementary, middle and high schools all around San Francisco. Our 16-session long Bike Clubs give youth the opportunity to learn safe urban cycling skills while developing their ability to think independently.
After School Bike Clubs…
* Teach students how to properly wear their helmets and inspect their bicycles for safety
* Develop youth’s cycling skills through structured drills and lessons in the schoolyard.
* Teach lawful bicycle riding, creating safe and predictable cyclists.
* Take neighborhood rides once students master the skills necessary for them to navigate city streets safely.
YBike’s 10-day Bike Safety PE Unit encourages lifelong exercise by giving students the skills and confidence needed to enjoy outdoor urban cycling. The program is progressive and scalable, challenging novice riders and experts alike. In addition to providing students with cycling experience, this program also trains P.E. teachers to lead their own innovative and effective cycling programs.
YBike’s Bike Rodeos introduce bicycling to elementary school aged youth in a fun, safe and structured way. Children practice bike handling and balance skills on a carefully designed bike safety skills course as our instructors stress the importance of awareness and communication while biking. More experienced riders learn about basic traffic rules by navigating their bikes through simulated intersections.
Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School is a national program that strives to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children and their families. YBike has been a member of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Coalition since its inception in 2009. YBike staff implement Safe Routes to School walking and biking curricula in 2nd and 4th grade classrooms at San Francisco Safe Routes to School’s 15 school sites, and facilitate biking activities at Safe Routes to School Community Events.
During school breaks, we offer bike camps for youth in grade K-8, ranging from Beginning Bike Camps to Advanced Mountain Bike Camps.
Free Monthly Learn to Ride Events
Every month YBike hosts a Learn to Ride Event. We are at Off The Grid at the Presidio the first Sunday of each month from 11AM-2PM at the Main Post Lawn. We provide bikes of all sizes and equipment - you just bring your determination. All ages are welcome! View a MAP.