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 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, YBike engages thousands of participants each year, transforming San Francisco youth into active outdoor enthusiasts, skilled cyclists, and more confident young adults. YBike 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.
Learn to Ride – Off the Grid Presidio Picnic – March 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! You'll find us at the south end of Main Post Lawn.
Girls Riding Club – Headlands Volunteering and Ride – March 17, 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Roll up your sleeves for a morning of volunteering! We'll take the Presidio Y bus across the bridge, where we will help plant native species around the Point Bonita Y, followed by a festive brunch of Green Eggs & Ham. Afterwards, we'll bike back to the Presidio Y. As usual, we can provide bikes (and helmets, if needed) for all of our riders. RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday, March 14.
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 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.
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 Willie Brown Middle School and the Treasure Island YMCA After School Program, and will bring Earn-a-Bike to Aptos Middle School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School in 2018. This program is funded by a grant through the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families.
YBike’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
YBike 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. YBike 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 YBike 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, YBike 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 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 a.m. until 2 p.m., 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. 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.