Life tends to gobble up childhood at a faster rate these days, and the simple pleasures of bicycling can slow down the pace. Adding to the fun is teaching kids basic bicycle mechanics, which enables them to be self sufficient and use something other than their eyes to get something tangible accomplished.
Earn-A-Bike programs are springing up all around the world, and one of the best ways to keep kids interested in bicycling is to teach them how to appreciate all the nuances that go into proper riding, proper gear, and safety issues.
Some friends and I were given the opportunity to start an after school Earn-A-Bike program in nearby East Palo Alto, California in April. Here's a blog describing our experience with the kids, and each other.