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Vision

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.


Mission

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.

Building
self-esteem

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

Inspiring
healthy lifestyles

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

Instilling
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.

Staff & Transitional Board Members

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.

Patricia Gallery
Director

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
President

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 Onebody.com. He also worked in the consulting division of Deloitte and Touche for nine years. He currently lives in Larkspur, CA.

Neil Sorensen
Director

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
Director

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.