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We envision a world where kids from all walks of life have the opportunity to know the joy of riding a bike and the freedom to explore the natural world on two wheels.


To provide transformative cycling experiences through a network of chapters that promote healthy, recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.


We help kids understand the positive value they have in the world and that they can make a difference.

healthy lifestyles

Through cycling, kids learn about the benefits of exercise and the role of a healthy diet.

environmental values

Just being outdoors exposes kids to the wonders of nature and their connections to our planet.

Our Story

Trips for Kids has enriched the lives of young people across North America and Israel using a simple yet powerful tool – the bicycle. Founded in Marin County in 1988, social activist and cycling legend Marilyn Price pioneered the practice of bicycle trail riding to deliver lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the simple act of having fun. The Trips for Kids Trail Rides program offers profound new experiences and challenges that can transform attitudes, bolster self-confidence and introduce lifelong values. For some, these rides present pivotal moments of self-discovery that can tip the balance toward healthy lifestyle choices.

The organization expanded dramatically in 1994 with the establishment of the Re-Cyclery Bike Shop and Earn-a-Bike program. In addition to providing bikes, parts, clothing, accessories and affordable transportation for Bay Area residents, the shop funds much of the Trips for Kids program costs. Meanwhile, the Earn-a-Bike program teaches youngsters valuable mechanical, bike riding and life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Starting out as a California dream on a mountain with a handful of volunteers, Trips for Kids has grown into a national movement with over 75 independent chapters running the Trail Rides program. With the formation of the new Trips for Kids national organization in the summer of 2017, the standalone 501c3 will focus on supporting the growth and refinement of the organization’s existing and future network of independent chapters, thus expanding TFK’s national footprint and awareness of its mission.

Board of Directors & Staff

Rafael Avendaño 

Rafael has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. He is currently the director of the Siena Youth Center in Redwood City, CA. The community center specializes in education, art and self-expression, advocacy, and health and wellness. Rafael joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012 and was hired to help start the youth and community programs for Siena Youth Center. Prior to his tenure at the Center he was the Program Director at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club for five years.  

Rafael knows first-hand what the impact of not having anything to do after school can mean, as youth programs helped him when he was a youth. Rafael’s drive, unique teaching ability and belief in the power of mentorship have helped him inspire children and adults to find the confidence they need. He brings enthusiasm, charisma, and passion to his work of creating quality sports and enrichment programs for all ages. Rafael believes that with the support of the community, youth, and local county government, families can achieve their dreams.

Rafael has a Bachelor of Science in Public Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Colorado State University, and has earned his Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. In his free time Rafael loves to ride bikes with his wife, friends and the Trips for Kids Bulldog Riders around the Bay Area peninsula. Rafael’s favorite place to bike is Russian Ridge Open Space. 

Erika Cramer

Erika and her family are relatively recent transported New Yorkers. Through road cycling, she is learning about her new home and scenic state. Erika was introduced to Trips for Kids through one of her cycling friends and is excited to help implement and expand its mission. An investment banker for over 25 years, Erika is a currently a partner and Managing Director for Silver Lane Advisors LLC, an investment banking boutique focused on the financial services industry.

Previously, she and her husband co-founded Alternative Access Capital, a private placement firm focused on raising capital for the alternatives investment sector. She also serves as a Board Director for Atlanta Life Financial Group. She is an active committee member for the Northern California chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and an advocate for awareness of prematurity and pre-term labor for the March of Dimes.

Erika earned an MBA from Pace University and a BA in finance from West Virginia University. She is also a General Securities Principal. She has completed four marathons, many triathlons and enjoys skiing, tennis and the ballet. She is married with two girls and lives in San Anselmo, CA.

Jason R. Davis

Jason R. Davis, board Secretary, is a local Marin County businessman and TFK Director. He started his finance career in banking in San Rafael in 1988. In 1998, he formed an accounting, bookkeeping, and consulting firm, DASI. Since then, Jason’s firm has provided hundreds of businesses and individuals with accounting and bookkeeping services. Jason has a degree in Strategic Management from Dominican University of California. His emphasis is on working with organizations to deliver value through efficiently managing the transaction and reporting process. Jason creates partnerships between clients and their CPA firms, legal counsel, insurance companies, banks, and other stakeholders, creating a unique relationship to deliver more value to the client. He is considered to be a transaction expert in helping stakeholders understand and evaluate transactions through reporting and tax compliance.

Patricia Gallery

A resident of Marin County since 1982, Patricia is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and believer in social justice. During a sabbatical in 1994, she rediscovered her love of cycling and spent most of the year exploring the trails of Mount Tamalpais by bike. That year she also discovered the Trips for Kids organization and helped it grow from a small garage operation in Mill Valley to what was to become the national Trips for Kids headquarters and Re-Cyclery Bike Shop in San Rafael.

A founding board member since the beginning, she has volunteered her time providing Trips for Kids with diverse expertise in marketing, fundraising and organizational management. Patricia is currently retired after 30 years as a sales and marketing professional in the commercial software industry.

Chuck Lesem

Chuck Lesem is the Director of Planning and Treasury at the Fremont Group and has been on TFK’s board since 2007. As board President, he utilizes his deep organizational knowledge and project leadership to advance TFK’s fundraising and marketing efforts as well as chapter growth. Prior to his current post, Chuck served as Vice President of Finance & Operations at Consensus Health and He also worked in the consulting division of Deloitte and Touche for nine years. He currently lives in Larkspur, CA.

Marilyn Price

Marilyn Price is the Founder of Trips for Kids, which she started in 1988 in San Rafael, CA, as a mountain bike ride program for inner city youth. She brought her love of kids, bicycling, desire for a healthy environment and indefatigable devotion to the organization. A visionary with keen entrepreneurial skills, in 1994 she spearheaded Trips for Kids’ first-ever bike thrift shop, a totally “green” business that still supports 50% of the Marin Chapter’s current Bay Area programs’ operating expenses.

Over the years, Marilyn received much recognition on national programs including CNN, General Norman Schwarzkopf’s Schwarzkopf’s America news segment; Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News; Sports Illustrated Magazine, among many more.

She received numerous awards, most recently in 2015 as a “CNN Hero” for her humanitarian work at Trips for Kids and was also inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Marilyn earned the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award as well as the University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award — the University’s most prestigious alumni honor.

From 1988 until her retirement in December 2015, she devoted 70-80 hours per week to running the organization.  Afterwards, as a Board member, she’s focused her efforts on national chapter expansion. Her accomplishments are well known and generously supported by many members of the national bicycle industry.

Scott Rosen

Scott is the Chief Financial Officer at Tukman Grossman Capital Management, a registered investment advisor located in Larkspur. He has previously volunteered and served as a board member for a number of community-based not-for-profits utilizing his financial and fundraising experience. His focus has primarily been centered on youth education. Most recently, he was the Finance Council Chairman and Capital Campaign Co-Chair for St Anselm in Ross. Prior to Tukman Grossman, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen specializing in financial services and real estate.

Scott is a longtime Marin County resident and avid road cyclist who enjoys exploring the backroads of West Marin and the Sonoma wine country. Scott was drawn to TFK’s direct impact on local youth through cycling and joined the board in 2017.

Thomas Sheppard

Tom is a longtime cyclist who just loves being on his bike. Starting at an early age, to his first bike race in 1975, to recent years as an avid endurance cyclist, a bike has always been a part of his life. In 1982, he setup the first century ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Cincinnati, when they asked him how they could get more serious cyclists into their fund raising events. He also enjoys hiking and sailing.

Professionally, he started The Sheppard Group in 1994 and advises companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to early stage startups, on growing and improving their business and managing change. He has also been the interim CFO, COO and GM for several early stage companies. Previously, Tom started the Strategic Business Services Group for KPMG and held positions as Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager for BA Capital Management and a Senior Technology Analyst for Dean Witter Reynolds.

Tom has an MBA from Xavier University and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor degree in Finance.

Neil Sorensen

Neil is a land use and real estate attorney with a practice in San Rafael. He has lived and worked in Marin County since the late 1970s. He served on the Dixie School Board of Directors for two terms, volunteered in the District Schools and currently volunteers with the Marin Community Court helping homeless and disadvantaged residents have a positive experience with the court system while clearing up old citations and violations. He and his wife Pam are avid cyclists and enjoy riding in Marin, Sonoma and beyond.

David Stoll

A commercial partner at the law firm of Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, and a former college baseball player, Dave took up mountain biking after college as a way to escape the gym for the outdoors. Attracted by the open space, trails and great public schools of Marin, he moved to Mill Valley in 2000, where his still lives with his wife and two sons. Since 2007, following the birth of his first son, Dave has commuted daily by bike to downtown San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. On a perfect day, he bikes with his two boys to school and then rides through the Headlands to work – one of the most beautiful commutes in the world.

Dave discovered Trips for Kids through a cycling friend who leads rides for TFK. For years, he has helped TFK with various legal services on a pro bono basis. Given his passion for cycling and desire to give back to the community, Dave was delighted to join TFK’s Board of Directors in 2012.

Robert Alan Ping
Executive Director

A passionate bicycling and youth advocate, Ping is a nationally recognized leader with more than 25 years strategic management experience specializing in bicycling, walking, social equity and youth development. Prior to joining Trips for Kids in 2017, Ping was executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, an educational community health organization, and worked for eight years as the technical director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a public health effort to increase the number of children walking and cycling to school and in daily life.

A self-described ‘bikeaholic’ and a passionate transportation advocate, Ping has focused nearly his entire career on getting people more active, especially children and youth, and especially on bicycles. Ping is well-known throughout the country for his work helping communities develop programs and policies that promote increased safety, social equity, and physical activity through bicycling and walking.