Author Topic: Youth Tandem Biking Program  (Read 5080 times)

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Offline Southpaw

Youth Tandem Biking Program
« on: January 09, 2007, 01:23:00 am »
I have an idea that I would like to throw out for some feedback.

Just over a year ago I purchased an old (maybe 60s) tandem bike.  My wife and I ride it a lot on the multi-use path that is near the house as well as around the local neighborhood streets and to church.  The bike created a lot of buzz and excitement.  This energy then led to my idea.

I would like to get about some tandem bikes and start a youth biking program.  My thought was to start by working with the local Boy Scouts, using the tandems to work on the Cycling merit badge.  I was thinking that maybe tandem bikes might spark a little more excitement from the youth than regular bikes.  I have spoken with a couple Scout leaders and the idea seemed to perk some interest.  If such a program works with the boys, I would then like to take the program to other youth groups (Girl Scouts, 4-H, etc.).  I am not wanting to start my own club but rather work with the already established groups.  If I can get youth interested in continued riding, I could then expand the program and include longer rides and some touring.  

For funding, I am looking into grants; I also have a small company that is willing to purchase some low-end tandems to see if the program could work.  The company would even like to sponsor a couple of youth tandem teams at some of the century rides around the state.  

I would like to know if anyone has thoughts, ideas, and/or experience starting biking programs and particularly a tandem bike program for youth.

Thanks,

Shane