Volunteer for the Bike Rodeo

A toddler on a push bike rides the ramp at Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
A toddler on a push bike rides the ramp at a bike rodeo

We will be teaching kids bike skills through a bike rodeo at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. Volunteers will teach kids how to take on challenges by riding through the skills course, and will help fit and give out free helmets to kids in need.

Contact ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org to volunteer.

TFKSC becomes official free helmet site

Eight volunteers recently participated in a training at the County Health Services Agency for helmet sizing, fitting, and safety education. TFKSC is now an official distributor of free helmets for Santa Cruz County residents who need them. We will give out helmets to our ride participants and people who ride in our bike rodeo events.

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA) runs the free helmet distribution program throughout the county. Our Director of Technology, Steve Piercy, wrote an article about the program, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency adds new free bike helmet site.

Kids from Jovenes Sanos and Bigs Brothers and Big Sisters Ride

Kids from Jóvenes Sanos prepare for the ride
Kids from Jóvenes Sanos prepare for the ride

Six kids from Jóvenes Sanos explored the Forest of Nisene Marks with Trips for Kids Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 21. Click to see the video on Jóvenes Sanos Facebook page. The following Saturday, March 28, five kids and three adults from Big Brothers and Big Sisters enjoyed riding the trails and roads through the Forest.

Volunteers get CPR and First Aid training

Our volunteers are the heart of our programs, and to keep it beating, 6 more ride leaders got CPR and First Aid training at the end of February. Now over a dozen volunteers are trained and certified to administer CPR and First Aid on our rides and bike rodeo events.

Upcoming biking events

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike FestivalSanta Cruz Mountain Bike Festival
Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2015
San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz, CA.

This year’s volunteer-run festival will include bike demos, skills clinics, kids’ riding areas, a poker ride, aerial jump bag, vendor fair, beer garden, food court, bands, raffles, after-party, and much more.

More information can be found on the website, http://santacruzmountainbikefestival.com/

Upcoming rides

We have a ride scheduled for Saturday, May 2, with Pajaro Valley High School. Then on Saturday, May 30, Mission Hill, Branciforte, and New Brighton Middle Schools will go on a ride. For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.

Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.

Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003