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    Underserved kids + Fat-Bikes = Keep On Rollin'

    Thought I'd start spreading the word before the snow hits......

    Trailside Discovery Camp is excited to bring to the Anchorage area the very first fatbike program for kids in the world - Keep On Rollin'!!

    We've been working with several local businesses and foundations to make this happen. Big shoutouts and thanks go to the Rasmuson Foundation, Bill Fleming at the Trek Store, and QPB for their generous support, time, and contributions. It takes a community to raise a kid right and these companies value community involvement in their youth.

    Goals of the program and why fatbikes:?

    1. To have fun. Forming lifelong passions and habits start with a positive experience. Fatbikes are just plain fun, period. Kids will get outside, explore their communities, and realize that they can bike anywhere in Anchorage thus helping to combat obesity and connecting with their neighbors. They'll learn safety, maintenance, and bike skills too.
    2. Reach underserved youth. We are working with 9 Title 1 schools and will serve over 2000 kids this winter plus any other organizations/schools/events that want us to come out. We provide everything (bikes, helmets, and vests). We travel to the them to run the program at their location in their community to mitigate transportation costs.
    3. Provide year-round opportunities to bike. Fatbikes can be used year round, are forgiving, beginner friendly, and represent a unique cultural phenomena of AK descent. Complementing skiing and snowshoeing, kids can now bike when the conditions permit. Bikes can be used as part of our summer camp affording more kids to participate in these popular programs when they don't own a bike.
    4. Providing kids a right of passage. Learning to ride a bike is a right of passage and something that, TDC believes, all kids should do throughout childhood. Every year we get more kids that have never ridden a bike. We never turn kids away if they can't ride. Giving them this opportunity opens doors for enriching their lives.

    The program:

    YEAH BABY!!! 15 brand spankin' shiny 9:zero:7 fatbikes!!! We went for 9:zero:7 because they make a 13" XS that fits 8-14 year olds, they are local, and they have a very passionate, generous, and community minded owner at the helm. We have 8xs, 6sm, and 1med bikes on the way. They are a custom build to facilitate ease of learning and maximum fun. We also have a new 16' enclosed trailer so we can bring them to the participants. Also provided are helmets and high visibility vests. All bikes will be equipped with front and rear lights and pogies.

    All of the kids served will be of ages 8-14 years old, the vast majority of whom will come from an underserved community or school (Title 1). For the 2014/15 school year we anticipate 2000 kids will have this opportunity. For the '15 summer another 200 kids will have a chance to ride. This does not take into account interests from non-Title 1 schools, private groups, or other organizations who want their kids to ride.

    If you know of a group of kids that would love to get on some fatbikes and ride this winter or want additional details of how kids Keep On Rollin', please contact or stop by:

    Trailside Discovery Camp
    921 W.6th Ave. Ste. 200
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    [email protected]

    ps. Trailside Discovery is a very small non-profit and we are still seeking donations of tools and stands for the long term care and maintenance of these bikes. In addition we are seeking help to customize and construct the interior of the trailer to hold and transport these bikes. If you have these skills or equipment and you'd like to contribute please contact us! Thank you!! See you on the trails!!

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    Awesome. So cool to see something out there for these kids.
    "Having lack of self-preservation makes biking more fun."

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    Very cool! Great pogrom from the sounds of it!

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    Underserved kids + Fat-Bikes = Keep On Rollin'

    This is great. Well done.

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