Remember that freedom and independence you felt the first time you rode a bike?
YBike began in 2002 when a Presidio YMCA member volunteered to teach kids how to ride bikes. We quickly realized that biking is a fantastic way to help youth grow, explore, and build community.
Led by caring and professional adults, YBike engages thousands of youth each year, transforming San Francisco youth into skilled bicyclists, active outdoor enthusiasts, and confident young adults.
YBike offers a wide range of youth bike education programs, from Bike P.E. to Earn-A-Bike clubs to Learn-To-Ride events. We also offer a variety of popular Summer Camps.
YBike’s 10-day Bike P.E. Unit teaches youth bike safety, giving them the skills and confidence to bike for exploration, transportation, and exercise. The skills we teach are progressive, challenging beginners and more experienced bicyclists. This program helps to train P.E. teachers to lead their own innovative bicycling programs.
YBike began as an after school bike program at three local middle schools. Today we run Earn-A-Bike clubs at middle and high schools across San Francisco. Our clubs give youth the opportunity to learn urban bicycling skills while developing their ability to think independently. This program is funded by the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families.
Girls Riding Club
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 (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 controlling a bike downhill (able to modulate 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 their families.
Donations and 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 program, where students and their families are able to earn bicycles of their own.
For more information, contact our Development Director Christine Lunde.