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About YBike

Remember that freedom and independence you felt the first time you rode a bike? If you grew up in the city, maybe not... 

YBike grew out of the efforts of Susan Silber, an environmental educator and passionate cyclist, who secured a series of grants in partnership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and started what would eventually grow into what is now one of the largest youth bike education programs in the country. Since Susan handed the pedals over to the Y in 2005, we’ve worked in almost every school in San Francisco, and some beyond, and have helped tens of thousands of young people along their biking journey. 

We work in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, programs at the Y of San Francisco, after-school program providers, and with many wonderful community partners. YBike engages thousands of youth each year, giving San Francisco youth skills and experiences that will help them grow into confident adults. 

Our work is about bringing people and communities together through the power of bikes. We believe that all kids should have access to a bikes and safe places to ride. 

Upcoming Events

Check out our event calendar and social media to see upcoming learn-to-ride classes, bike rides, and other events. We also offer a variety of popular Summer Camps

Weekend Learn-to-Rides

Come learn to ride a bike with us! We provide bikes, helmets, and equipment – you just bring your game face and a little determination. All ages welcome. No pre-registration is required for this free event; just drop by! Bicycles and helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out our events calendar for locations and dates.

School Year Programs

Bike P.E.

YBike’s physical education program partners with the SFUSD P.E. department to provide bike education for elementary through high school-age students. The goal is to teach students how to ride safely through their city and to train PE teachers to implement the curriculum on their own. 

In this program students learn basic bike safety, handling, and communication skills, giving them the confidence they need to navigate city streets. All students are welcome regardless of their past biking experience or ability. For the culminating event, students go on a bike ride through the school’s surrounding neighborhood.  

If you are curious about what is involved in hosting a Bike P.E. program at your SFUSD school, contact our YBike P.E. Program coordinator, Genaro Escarzaga.

Bike Club

YBike operates bike clubs at a number of SFUSD schools. Our Bike Club support students and their families in gaining confidence and competence in riding a bike in San Francisco. We aim to foster a positive and supportive group environment for youth to connect with each other and challenge themselves. To best respond to the needs and interests of each school community, we work with each school’s after-school provider in long-term partnerships to design and implement our programs.

Our Commitment to Family Biking

Upon completion of the program, each student and a parent or guardian will take home a refurbished bike, helmet, lock, and bike pump.

Our Current Schools and After-School Providers

  • Marina Middle School (YMCA Beacon Program)

  • Francisco Middle School (TelHi Beacon Program)

  • Denman Middle School (YMCA Beacon Program)

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School (YMCA Beacon Program)

  • Mission High School (Mission Graduates)

For more information, please contact Malay Khamsyvoravong.

Girls Riding Club (GRC)

This program is currently on pause. 

Girls Riding Club began 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 and be inspired by other girls*. 

*GRC welcomes girls and gender expansive youth to join us on our adventures! 

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 controlling a bike downhill (able to control speed using brakes & can keep feet on pedals) 
  • comfortable using gears to go uphill 
  • able to ride in light traffic 

For more information, please contact Malay Khamsyvoravong.

Safe Routes to School San Francisco

YBike has been a part of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School coalition and since its inception in 2009.

Visit SF Safe Routes to learn how we are working to make walking and biking to school safer and more accessible for children and families.

Donations and Sponsorships

Want to help us get more kids and families on bikes?

Here are some ways to keep our programs rolling:

  • Donate a Bike - we are in particular need for bikes with 26” wheels that would fit riders 4’9”-5’8”.

  • Donate Supplies - we accept bike parts that are in good condition (please, no rusty/gunky parts)

  • Donate - make a one-time or ongoing contribution to our programs

  • Sponsor a Bike Build - Bike builds are a fantastic option for corporate volunteer projects, team building days, and more. Bicycles built at these events support our bike programs across the city.

For more information, contact Matt Dove and Malay Khamsyvoravong.


Matt Dove
(415) 447-9643

YBike Program Director, Bike Riding Dad

Malay Khamsyvoravong

Associate Director, Slow-mo Adventure Seeker

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