Trips for Kids Tulare CountyMar 30, 2019 11:00AM ● By Emily Miranda
Story by Emily Miranda
Photos courtesy of Trips for Kids Tulare County
NEARLY 20,000 children a year are able to experience the thrill of exploring the great outdoors through group bike rides because of the Trips for Kids program. The national nonprofit organization provides education in bike safety and maintenance, while bringing outdoor adventures to children through riding bikes.
“We are an individual chapter of the national program,” explains Jaime Baeza, co-director of the Trips for Kids Tulare County chapter. Each chapter is responsible for coordinating bike trips for local youth to promote healthy and active habits and to expose them to the nature in and around their community. Many of these riding adventures take place through scenic areas such as parks and forest trails so kids can see the beauty of the natural world firsthand.
Pedaling through natural environments encourages children to explore the outskirts of their urban neighborhoods, cultivating an appreciative respect and understanding for the great outdoors. Riding with other fun-loving youth allows the children to establish meaningful relationships while also building their self-confidence. Each trail ride consists of outdoor bonding and hands-on learning experiences, all while under adult supervision.
Trips for Kids also provides after-school Earn-a-Bike workshops that bring children together through indoor projects. “Our Tulare County chapter currently only offers the ride program, not yet the Earn-a-Bike, although we hope to do that in the future,” says Baeza.
The organization’s overall goal is “to provide transformative cycling experiences through a network that promotes healthy, recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.”
Donations to the Trips for Kids Tulare County program can be made on their Facebook page. •