I usually don't have a very good volunteer count until about the Tuesday before. We are generally a little bit shorthanded as a rule.
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Things we try to stress:
Local kids in their local parks
I'm a bit pressed for time at the moment, but wanted to respond to you as quickly as possible. The best way for me to answer any specific questions you might have might even be a phone call. 510.325.2417
Common questions include:
Do I have to be a BTCEB member? - No, you do not have to be a BTCEB member to volunteer with Youth Bike Adventures. However, we hope that those who repeatedly enjoy our rides will help support the club which runs Youth Bike Adventures.
How much experience do I need as a MTBer? - Our rides are approximately 11 miles long and have some hill climbing, but require very little "technical" mtb skills. Our rides are generally designed to be challenging but do-able for inexperienced pre-teen riders
How long does the event last? - Each ride generally starts around 9:45 and ends at 3pm. This includes our free lunch during the ride. We welcome volunteers who can only attend part of the ride and may have to leave early. Every extra volunteer hour helps.
Can I bring my own kids? - Unfortunately we don't allow adult volunteers to bring their own youth with them. We are usually riding with 17-25 people total for an average ride, larger rides often become difficult to manage. In addition, we strive to have one volunteer for each youth rider. It results in the safest rides. Some exceptions have been made for mature minors who are strong independent riders.
Who pays for this? Do you get paid? We rely entirely on grant money which primarily comes from Red Oak Realty's ROOF awards, as well as grants from the Grizzly Peak Cyclists. In addition, many other local bike shops and companies who have supported us over the years. We are all volunteers who run the program because we love the responses of the kids and feel that we are responding to a need of the youth in our communities.
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