San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors ride the Forest of Nisene Marks

Our friends from San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks last Saturday, June 6. Janette LaBau, Ray, and five other volunteers led eleven kids on an adventure they will always remember. Forest elves and the elusive Duckus bikerus accompanied us on our trip along the trails. We rode some single track and the fire road, with some technical riding through the creek. Along the way we stopped at the Buddha altar to pay our respects. It was an awesome, beautiful day and a whole lot of fun.

Click an image in the gallery to view full size photographs of our trip.

Middle School Students ride the Forest of Nisene Marks

A large group of kids from middle schools around the county rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks last Saturday, May 30. Sunshine filtered through the redwood canopy and warmed us on our ride. At our lunch stop alongside Aptos Creek, a few of us learned how to skip stones, and others went “spelunking”. Tawn Kennedy and Steve Piercy led the riders from New Brighton and Mission Hill Middle Schools, and kids in the Earn a Bike program in Watsonville.

Click an image in the gallery to view full size photographs of our trip.

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Kids Take Over the Roads at Bike Rodeo at Open Streets Watsonville

Kids Take Over the Roads at Bike Rodeo at Open Streets Watsonville

114 kids and adults who wish they could be kids again rode bikes through the bike skills obstacle course at Open Streets Watsonville last Sunday, May 17. Volunteers from Trips for Kids Santa Cruz partnered with Ecology Action’s Bike Smart! program to help kids practice bike riding skills. Kids learned how to signal for turns, how to cross railroad tracks, and how to slalom around hazards on the road.


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Upcoming biking events

Mountain Bike Raffle

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos
Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will be raffling a Raleigh EVA 29 mountain bike. The generous Bike Station Aptos donated this awesome bike.

View the full manufacturer specifications.

More information about the raffle will be announced in upcoming newsletters, on our Facebook page, and our website.

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos


Upcoming rides

We have a flurry of rides scheduled for the next several months.

  • Saturday, May 30, Mission Hill, Branciforte, and New Brighton Middle Schools
  • Saturday, June 6, Inspiring Connections Outdoors
  • Saturday, June 20, Big Brothers and Sisters
  • Monday, July 20, Contigo

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

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:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

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Open Streets Santa Cruz County
Volunteer for the Bike Rodeo at Open Streets Watsonville

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will partner with Ecology Action’s Bike Smart! youth bicycle safety program to help kids learn on-street bicycle riding safety and basic bicycling skills at Open Streets Watsonville, on Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, on Brennan and Union Streets between Callaghan Park (on Freedom Boulevard) to the City Plaza in Watsonville.

In addition to our bike rodeo, there will be music, food, raffle for prizes, and fun activities for the entire family.

Volunteer for the Bike Rodeo

Toddlers ride at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival Bike Rodeo April 2015


Kids saddle up at SCMBF Bike Rodeo

Girl rides the ramps at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival Bike Rodeo April 2015Dozens of kids got to practice bike riding skills with the help of our volunteers through our bike rodeo at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. The kids attacked the ramps and terrain like seasoned professionals, even if their push bikes didn’t have pedals.

Come volunteer for more fun at Watsonville Open Streets (see previous article).

Click to watch this short video of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival which features our Bike Rodeo.


Watsonville Boys and Girls Club Ride

Boys and Girls Club WatsonvilleA half dozen kids and chaperones from the Watsonville Boys and Girls Club enjoyed a beautiful day and had a great ride into the Forest of Nisene Marks at the end of March.


Upcoming biking events

Spring 2015 Bike Week

There’s a huge line-up of events taking place Friday, May 1 – Friday, May 8 during the Spring 2015 Bike Week.

Bike stunt shows, live music, bike spin art, free helmets, bike rides, free breakfast, free bike maintenance, raffle prizes, bike store and restaurant discounts, and the list goes on and on. For a complete list of events, see the Bike to Work website.


Upcoming rides

We have a flurry of rides scheduled for the next several months.

  • Saturday, May 2, Pajaro Valley High School
  • Wednesday, May 13, Pajaro Valley Unified School District all girls
  • Saturday, May 30, Mission Hill, Branciforte, and New Brighton Middle Schools
  • Saturday, June 6, Inspiring Connections Outdoors
  • Saturday, July 18, Contigo
  • Monday, July 20, Contigo

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

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:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

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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:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

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:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

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Volunteer CPR and First Aid Training

When we take kids on rides, we always have at least one volunteer Ride Leader who has taken First Aid and CPR training to administer when needed. The TFKSC Board will hold a CPR and First Aid Training for all volunteers who want to be Ride Leaders.


Volunteer CPR and First Aid Training
Wednesday, February 25, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003
Cost is $50-60 per person
Please sign up by sending email to info@tripsforkidssantacruz.org


Get trained to give out free helmets

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Kids who participate in our bike rodeos and go on our rides will get to keep a helmet for free. We need volunteers to get trained to properly size and fit helmets, and provide safety education to helmet recipients, in order to make this a reality.

Volunteer Training for Helmet Safety
Monday, March 2, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sign up
Contact Steve Piercy, helmet@tripsforkidssantacruz.org, to sign up.

Directions
http://goo.gl/rmLXtR
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
Emeline County Campus in the Solarium Room
1060 Emeline Avenue, Building F, Santa Cruz

If you head up the hill on Emeline Avenue (from Highway 1 North/Emeline exit or from Grant Street) without turning or veering in either direction, you will come to a beige building with green awnings. The Solarium is the room with all the windows at the top of the staircase farthest to your right on that side of the building.

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“.


Upcoming biking events

Bash on the Bluffs – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz membership drive and appreciation party

Saturday, February 21, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PMMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

RSVP Required

  • beer and wine
  • appetizers
  • silent auction with fabulous items
  • member raffle and prizes
  • explore the Seymour Marine Lab
  • free valet bicycle parking provided by People Power of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike FestivalSanta Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2015, in Santa Cruz, CA. More details will be released on the website, http://santacruzmountainbikefestival.com/


San Jose Inspiring Connections Outdoors donates bike racks and mechanic stand

Thank you to San Jose Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) for donating four bike racks and a bike mechanic work stand to TFKSC. The bike racks will increase our capacity to transport bicycles. The bike mechanic stand will double the number of bikes we can repair and maintain comfortably.

ICO is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club dedicated to provide underserved youth and young adults the opportunity to discover the beauty of wild places, develop an appreciation for nature, and acquire the skills to enjoy these places safely. Please visit ICO’s website or Facebook page for more information.


Upcoming rides

Saturday, February 28

Jóvenes Sanos

Saturday, March 28

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at: ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org


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.


Make a difference in a kid’s life

Our volunteers teach bike skills, provide moral support, and help kids meet challenges. They also tune bikes, secure donations, write grants, build community support, and make it all happen behind the scenes. Come share your time and expertise with youth and enjoy the smiles.


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:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz Newsletter 2015-01-28

Kids from Earn-A-Bike program explore the Forest of Nisene Marks

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With the rain clouds parting to beautiful sunshine, kids from the Earn-A-Bike program mounted up to ride the fire road into the Forest of Nisene Marks. Along the way we tried out some of the skills development areas and side spurs.

Check out the video and photographs of the ride on our website.

Upcoming biking events

Light up the Night Bike Ride and Free Light Giveaway

Friday, January 30, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, with the ride starting at 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz
https://www.facebook.com/events/762009333873329/

Free bike lights to the first 50 attendees.

Prizes awarded for:

  • brightest bike
  • brightest rider
  • most creative costume

Some of the prizes to be awarded include:

  • VIS 360 Micro tail lights and a Urban 350 Bluemoon from Light and Motion
  • Turn-Signal Bike Gloves from Zackees
  • M232 Bike Wheel Lights from MonkeyLectric

Upcoming rides

We have rides scheduled for Saturday, January 31, with Jóvenes Sanos. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will ride with us in March. For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
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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.

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Make a difference in a kid’s life

Our volunteers teach bike skills, provide moral support, and help kids meet challenges. They also tune bikes, secure donations, write grants, build community support, and make it all happen behind the scenes. Come share your time and expertise with youth and enjoy the smiles.

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:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

Kids from Earn-A-Bike program explore the Forest of Nisene Marks

With the rain clouds parting to beautiful sunshine, kids from the Earn-A-Bike program mounted up to ride the fire road into the Forest of Nisene Marks. Along the way we tried out some of the skills development areas and side spurs.

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Stopping for lunch at George’s Picnic Area, we spotted wild mushrooms springing up out of the ground, and looked for salamanders and crawfish around the creek. One kid really got into the search.

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Steve Piercy from TFKSC was the ride leader, along with Tawn Kennedy who runs the Earn-A-Bike program.

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About Earn-A-Bike

We have a special relationship with the Earn-A-Bike program in Watsonville. Our former president Roxanne Harrison wrote a grant to fund a similar program, but unfortunately it did not get funded. Realizing the importance of such a program, Tawn Kennedy was inspired to try again with some minor adjustments, and this time received funding.

Through the program, middle school students learn about bike mechanics, on- and off-road bike safety, and earn a bicycle and other accessories. To earn the bikes, students participate in community service-learning projects such as helping with school gardens, monitoring wetland water quality, and volunteering at local youth-oriented events.

The program takes place in the Bike Tech classroom, a professional bike shop environment on the Pajaro Valley High School campus. Teen mentors, many of whom are graduates of the Bike Tech program, support middle school students to refurbish donated bikes, learn basic repairs, bike safety, and participate in on-bike field trips in Watsonville and beyond. Earn-A-Bike is made possible through a grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and numerous community partners including Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Project Bike Trip, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, and donations from local bike shops and individuals.

Over the last few years, cycling has grown tremendously in Watsonville, especially among youth, but local community leaders cite the need for more access to bicycles. “We launched the Earn-A-Bike Program because we want to get bikes to students in need, help young people gain leadership skills, and build a culture of safe cycling in Watsonville,” says Tawn Kennedy, director of Green Ways to School. “We want all our participants and mentors to realize that they are ‘roll’ models; to obey traffic laws, and spread the message that cyclists have both rights and responsibilities while on the road.”

The Earn-A-Bike program is still in need of bikes to go to local youth. To donate a bike or find out more information, contact Tawn Kennedy at (831) 428-5109 or GreenWays@PeoplePowerSC.org.

Green Ways to School, a project of People Power of Santa Cruz County, works to encourage local teens to use active transportation whenever possible through assemblies, presentations, group rides, and other events. For more information, visit the website GreenWays2School.org.

President’s message: highlights from 2014

Happy Holidays everyone,

As we complete another trip around the Sun, we look back at another fun and successful year for Trips for Kids Santa Cruz. Here are just a few of our highlights from 2014.

We provide the bikes, gear, transportation, lunches, and instruction. The kids provide the smiles. Of course, we couldn’t do any of it without your support. Thanks for all you do, helping us “change kids’ lives from the seat of a bike”.

We look forward to doing it all again in the coming year. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, your support is critical. Please consider making a donation or volunteering if you can.

Happy New Year!

John Fuchs

President T4KSC