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Youth Bicycling

We know that getting kids on bikes is the future of bicycling. Unfortunately, the number of kids in the U.S. who regularly ride a bike has dropped 20% since 2007 and childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels and depression among adolescents continues to rise. The physical and mental benefits of biking have been proven time and time again, but for millions of kids across the U.S., access to bikes and safe places to ride is not a reality. That is why PeopleForBikes started the Youth Cycling Coalition. Our mission is to take collective action for all kids to access, experience and develop a lifelong love of bicycling, ultimately fostering the integration of bicycling into the fabric of local communities.

PeopleForBikes at Work on Youth Bicycling

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Child biking to school with backpack

Tariff relief for kids’ bikes – a big win for young riders, family budgets and the bike industry

January 23rd, 2020

Our goal at PeopleForBikes is to get more people riding bikes more often. Usually, this means working with communities, states, or the federal government to provide safer, more accessible places to ride so that every American has the opportunity and ability to bike where they live. ...

Youth Bike Summit: Members of Bici.
Kids riding down the street, Source: Norte, Beth Price.

How to Get Kids Involved: Be Flexible, Be Creative

March 4th, 2019

Start with an idea, and just let it keep growing. When Ty Schmidt’s oldest son started elementary school, Ty was bothered by the ordeal of dropping him off in the morning, and the fact that no one was riding a bike or walking. He decided there was another way. Ty and his wife Johanna started a routi ...

Bureau of Land Management land near Moab, Utah (Image: Martha Roskowski)

Recreation Not Red-Tape Act and What It Means for bikes

October 17th, 2017

The bipartisan Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate in late July by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). It provides a plan for improving and enhancing recreation opportunities on public lands by creating a unified system of National Recreat ...

Pregnant woman on bicycle

Baby on Board: 10 Tips for Riding While Pregnant

October 7th, 2014

People rarely bat an eye at women doing tree poses in yoga while seven months pregnant, but taking to two wheels with a baby on board solicits everything from cheers to disapproving looks and cautionary tales. So what does this mean for pregnant bicyclists? Does a positive pregnancy test mean hangin ...