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Youth Bicycling

The future of bicycling depends on getting kids on bikes. Unfortunately, the number of kids in the U.S. who ride regularly has dropped 20% since 2007, as childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels and depression among adolescents increases. The physical and mental benefits of biking are well established, but millions of children and teens across the U.S. lack access to bikes and safe places to ride them.  PeopleForBikes partners with national, state and local organizations that support youth bicycling, including Youth Cycling Coalition, a group of 10 youth-focused bicycling organizations, and our partnership with Outride, a nonprofit dedicated to building more diverse, equitable youth cycling communities. In addition, our Industry Community Grants Program helps fund bike projects across the U.S. to get more people (especially kids) on bikes.

PeopleForBikes at Work on Youth Bicycling

News

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The Making of a Bike Ecosystem

July 15th, 2021

In Arizona’s Verde Valley, PeopleForBikes and other partners are coming together to create a community hub for mountain biking. ...

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Introducing Our Spring 2021 Community Grants Recipients 

July 2nd, 2021

We recently awarded $50,000 to eight projects across eight states through our spring Industry Community Grants Program. ...

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The 2021 Outride Research Summit

July 1st, 2021

On July 28, tune in for evidence-based ways to advance youth and community well-being through bicycling. While the event is totally free, registration is required. ...

Building fifty one bikes for Los Osos Middle School’s Outride Riding For Focus program. Credit: Outride.

Why Local Bike Shops Should Support Youth Bicycling

May 28th, 2021

We spoke with retailers across the country to learn about various initiatives that are boosting business and building community. ...

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‘Spring Back on Bikes’ Is Increasing Youth Ridership

May 24th, 2021

A collaboration between the National Youth Bike Council and Atlanta Students Advocating for Pedestrians is providing free bike tune-ups. ...

Youth, with parental support, voluntarily agree to participate in Outride's research. (All photos courtesy.)

Your Child’s Brain on Biking

March 29th, 2021

We spoke with Esther Walker, Ph.D., about the research work Outride and its university partners are doing to advance youth bicycling. ...