The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) in Eugene, Oregon, recently started the first Oregon chapter of Trek's Trips for kids" MTB program that takes "urban youth" out to the woods to ride Mountain Bikes. Eugene is not quite a metropolis, but there are many kids who don't get to go out of town, and play in the forests 30-45 minutes away.
Saturday was the first MTB ride for the local Trips for Kids program, and I helped them out for the day. We took 9 kids out to Salmon Creek trail in Oakridge, a great beginner trail without much climbing, and lotsa nice scenery to enjoy. We took a lunch break halfway through the ride, and hung out at Salmon Creek Falls. A few of the kids were such talented riders that I took them on a pretty challenging trail for the 2nd half of the ride. We ended the day with a tour of the local fish hatchery and wildlife museum.
Everyone had a great time, the kids and the adults as well. Thanks go out to the CAT members who organized the trip, including Jan VanderTuin who started the Trips for Kids chapter, John Herberg, the program coordinator and Carl, a ride guide. Thanks to Tom from the City of Eugene's Riverhouse Outdoor Program for driving the bus and bike trailer, and joining us for the fun. Thanks to Allen and Jim from the Disciples of Dirt MTB Club for leading and sweeping the ride. Thanks to John "Raz" Rezell, our local Outdoors journalist who joined us to help with the ride. Thanks to Matt Hansen from Oregon Fish & Wildlife for the informative tour of the Fish hatchery and Museum. Thanks to Paul's Bicycle Way of Life for donating several bikes for kids who were bikeless. And thanks to Trek for starting the Trips for Kids program, and donating 6 bikes to get us started (the bikes haven't arrived yet, but are "in the mail")
Here are some pics from the day.
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