About Family FreeRide
More Kids On Bikes – It’s not just a hashtag for us.
Riding bikes isn’t just a fun leisure activity, it’s a sport. Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, and BMX – are all Olympic Sports, but where are the practice fields for kids who want to play these sports.
In 2019 Family FreeRide started to get our kids on their bikes more often. Weekly group rides were held every Friday on trails around the Fair Oaks area. The kids got pumped to ride with their friends every week, and their parents quickly learned how to fix flats.
After a close call with a fast-moving cyclist on the American River Trail, and realizing how difficult it was to keep track of a pack of kids on bikes on a trail, it became apparent that we need a practice field. One coach in an enclosed baseball field can keep track of 20 kids, we were having a hard time keeping track of two kids at once.
Mountain Biking Teams have started to spring up in High Schools across Northern California (the birthplace of Mountain Biking), and are slowly trickling down to Middle and Elementary Schools. BMX is a cycling sport that appeals to Elementary school-age kids because a BMX track keeps the kids contained, like a practice field, so they can learn in a safe controlled environment. In Sacramento County, there are only 2 BMX tracks. Could you imagine if there were only 2 Baseball fields or two Soccer fields in a county with 800,000 people? In Northern, CA, with a population of 8 million, there are only 8 BMX tracks.
Where did you learn how to ride a bike? Was there a competitive cycle sport available to you when you were a kid? If there was, would you have played?