About Y Bike
Remember that freedom and independence you felt the first time you rode a bike? The set of programs and initiatives now collectively known as Y Bike began in 2002 when a Presidio Y member began volunteering to teach kids how to ride bikes. We realized early on that bicycles are a fantastic tool to help youth grow, explore, and build community. 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 and professional adults, Y Bike engages thousands of participants each year, transforming San Francisco youth into active outdoor enthusiasts, skilled cyclists, and more confident young adults. Y Bike offers a wide range of bike and traffic safety education programs, including after school bike clubs, bicycle safety rodeos, PE programs, and free monthly learn-to-ride events.
We also offer a variety of popular summer bicycling camps, which can be found on our Summer Camp page.
Crissy Field Day – Crissy Field Center – October 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join us at East Beach near the Crissy Field Center for a free celebration featuring music, fun, food, and of course – bikes! You can spend some time practicing your pedaling and balance on one of our bikes in a traffic-free area, and then pop into different stations celebrating the unique areas of Crissy Field and give input into what you want to see in Crissy Field's future. No pre-registration required to participate in YBike's Learn to Ride; however, please register with Crissy Field Next to RSVP for this event.
Health & Harvest Fair – Southeast Community Facility – October 27, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Come on down to the Southeast Community Facility to celebrate your health this fall season! Take advantage of free health screenings, interactive demos, live music, raffles, a pumpkin patch, and more. YBike will be operating a Learn to Ride zone for kids to practice biking in a dedicated, car-free area. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required; just drop by! Bicycles and helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. See you there!
Learn to Ride – Presidio Main Post – November 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Learn to ride your bike with YBike's awesome instructors in the beautiful Presidio! We provide bikes and equipment – you just bring your game face and a little determination. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required; just drop by! Bicycles and helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll find us at the south end of Main Post Lawn.
After School Bike Clubs
YBike began in 2004 as an after school bike program at three local middle schools. Today we run after school bike clubs at middle and high schools all around San Francisco. Our 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.
In YBike’s Earn-a-Bike after school program, participants learn about bike maintenance, riding safety, and navigation while working on a donated bike that they keep at the end of the program. In addition, students get the chance to go on rides all over San Francisco with their instructors.
YBike currently operates Earn-a-Bike programs at Marina Middle School, Denman Middle School, Francisco Middle School, and Ida B. Wells High School. This program is funded by a grant through the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families.
Bike Build Sponsorships
We would love to partner with your company to hold a bike build event. Bike builds are a fantastic option for corporate volunteer projects, team building days, and more. Bicycles built at these events support our Earn-a-Bike after school program, where students are able to earn a bicycle of their own.
For more information, contact our Development Director Christine Lunde.
Y Bike’s 10-day Bike Safety P.E. 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.
Neighborhood Bike Events
Y Bike provides bicycle-oriented events at dozens of locations around San Francisco throughout the year. Many of our events take place at San Francisco public schools, and are funded by Safe Routes to School, a national program that aims to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children and their families. Y Bike has been a member of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Coalition since its inception in 2009. Our Neighborhood Bike Events take one of the following forms:
Learn to Ride
Every month Y Bike hosts a free Learn to Ride Event. We are at the Presidio’s Main Post Lawn on the first Sunday of each month. We also bring our Learn to Ride Events to different local schools each month, as part of our partnership with Safe Routes to School. At each of these events, Y Bike provides bikes and helmets and offers guidance and encouragement for families working together to learn how to ride for the first time.
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.
Girls Riding Club
Girls Riding Club started in 2015 with the purpose of getting more girls* riding and exploring the great world of bikes. It's a chance to meet other enthusiastic bikers, be loud or quiet, silly or serious, and generally have a grand 'ole time.
*GRC welcomes 4th-9th grade girls (cis and trans) and non-binary gender folks who feel a part of the girls' community.
Registrants must be:
- in 4th-9th grade
- able to ride in a straight line
- able to make a controlled turn
- comfortable using HAND brakes to stop (no pedal/coaster brakes)
- comfortable using gears to go uphill
- comfortable controlling a bike downhill (able to modulate speed using brakes & can keep feet on pedals)
Previous experience riding in light traffic is helpful.
For the 2018-2019 School Year, GRC will be meeting on the second Sunday of each month, except November when GRC will ride on 11/4.
For more information, please contact Malay Khamsyvoravong.
Where will the event be?
Our Presidio Learn to Ride, which occurs on the first Sunday of each month from 11 am until 2 pm, meets at the Presidio’s Main Post Lawn.
We also have events at schools and parks around San Francisco on a roughly monthly basis. The locations for these events will be posted here on our web page under the Upcoming Events, as well as on our social media pages.
When can I come by?
The majority of our events are scheduled to be open from 11 am until 2 pm Feel free to stop by at any time within that period, and stay as short or as long as you like. If an event is scheduled for a different time than usual, this time will be posted here on our web page under the Upcoming Events, as well as on our social media pages.
How many people can I bring?
You may bring as many people as you like. Keep in mind that we have limited bicycles, helmets, and staff, so we may enact a turn-based system in order to accommodate larger numbers of participants.
How much does it cost?
It’s free. If you’re able, we welcome donations to help offset the cost of supplies such as helmets and the maintenance of our bicycle fleet.
Do I have to pre-register?
No pre-registration is required. You may simply show up on the day of the event. Once you arrive, a legal guardian or parent will sign our waiver at our registration booth. As there are no pre-registrations, we may enact a turn-based system in order to accommodate larger numbers of participants.