Program helps at-risk youths discover themselves through the power of cycling
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Price’s story started in 1988 when she took her first group of inner city children from San Francisco on a mountain bike ride in the hills of Marin County, just over the Golden Gate Bridge. Since that day over 140,000 children in 90 cities have been on a mountain bike adventure with Trips for Kids.
“Many of the children served by Trips for Kids have never ventured beyond their neighborhood borders – the natural world is often simply out of reach to them,” said Marilyn Price, TFK founding director. “These rides offer profound experiences and for some, pivotal moments of self-discovery that can help tip the balance to a healthy and productive life.”
“Marilyn’s work in building the Trips for Kids international organization over the past 27 years has placed her in the spotlight as a leader and role model,” said Patricia Gallery, TFK board member. “She is an inspiration to the thousands of kids, volunteers and supporters who have had a chance to ride or work with her and has paved the way to making Trips for Kids an international movement.”
A lifelong environmentalist, social activist and member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Price is credited with having pioneered the use of the mountain bike as a vehicle for change. The Trips for Kids program combines lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.