Look for Children's Activities at The APEX in September!
We are super excited to announce our partnership with Kids on Bikes. This non-profit organization is on a mission to inspire and empower kids and their families to lead healthy, active, and happy lives through cycling, and they have a plan to make Colorado Springs an awesome place for cyclists, which begins with engaging kids to be the leaders of this growing movement!
If you’re from outside of the area or aren’t familiar with Kids On Bikes, they focus on 3 priorities. Access to Bikes: Over 50% of kids in many of the neighborhoods they serve don’t have access to a bike, so they have responded with programs that allow kids to ‘earn-a-bike.’ Opportunities to Ride: Kids on Bikes wants to build a culture where future generations bike as much as possible, so they are starting by offering kids and families ongoing opportunities to ride with clubs, camps and family rides. Bicycling Education: Kids on Bikes is empowering future bike ambassadors through educational programming to build skills and confidence.
Not only are we stoked to partner with this awesome organization and bring children’s programming to The APEX, we are also responding to what we heard from riders who told us they need events to be more of a family experience, where kids have something fun and educational to do while parents are riding. This is not childcare. This is an opportunity to learn about cycling through skills clinics and MTB camp. Skills clinics will be offered during the Expo and MTB Camp will run concurrently with The APEX, providing a fun, educational experience where kids will have a blast working with expert, PMBIA certified instructors. Participants will build confidence and advance skills as they experience guided rides on the same trails as APEX participants. Activities will be open for kids starting as young as 5 years old, and instructors will work with beginner, intermediate and advanced riding levels. While we are still determining needs and working through details, we expect the registration cost to attend MTB Camp will be roughly $75 per child. Registration for these opportunities helps fund programs for other kids and families that face financial barriers to cycling. More information will be available soon. For questions, email us.
Check out this video for a glimpse of Kids on Bikes camps
See more about Kids on Bikes camps, including their safety videos here.