California has joined the ranks of the US and Europe as a growing nation of young people eager to take up cycling.
The first batch of dirt bikes that will start rolling in the Bay Area, with more expected in the coming months, will be made by the YMCA in Berkeley.
The Berkeley YMBC, which also runs bike sharing programs, is one of the most popular in the world, said YMDC spokeswoman Jennifer Kowal.
The city’s program, known as Youth Dirt Bikes, will allow kids to ride dirt bikes in their own neighborhood, with some limited access to paved roads.
The bikes will be a limited number, with about 30 in each of its eight locations.
The bikes are expected to be distributed to students, as well as youth who have already ridden dirt bikes.
Kowall said the bikes were the first time the city has done it, and she said she hopes to see them used by as many as 3,000 people.
The Berkeley Y and a local nonprofit, the Berkeley Youth Dirt Bike Club, are both working to distribute the bikes to high school and college students.
The YMEC also will offer them for free to all youth who participate in its programs.
“It’s been a long time coming, but this is just the beginning,” said YMC president and CEO Adam Zegars, a UC Berkeley alum.
“The fact that we can give the bikes out to all of our students, our staff, our volunteers, and also all of the kids who are coming into our programs and want to get out on the road is incredible.”
We’re going to be a little more selective than other programs in what we give them, and we’re going with the kids.
“The program will be similar to what the YMC has done in other parts of the country, Kowalt said, including a program that lets students rent dirt bikes for $5 a day.
The program was funded by the city, with money from the Berkeley Bike Share program, and the YYBC will be one of several local nonprofits that will provide the bikes.
The YMTC has partnered with the local nonprofit Youth Dirt for two years, said Kowals, and hopes to extend the program to the rest of the region.
The bike sharing program is not being shut down.”
The Berkeley BikeShare program, which started in 2013, has a goal of providing 500,000 bikes by 2020. “
We don’t have a lot of money right now, but we will be able to provide the next generation of bike-share programs.”
The Berkeley BikeShare program, which started in 2013, has a goal of providing 500,000 bikes by 2020.
The city plans to add an additional 250,000 rides per year over the next five years.