Chain Reaction, the housed organizations we introduced to you in the last newsletter, hosted it’s first bike program at the Longmont YMCA on April 7. During the YMCA Longmont’s Spring Break Week, Chain Reaction founders Meghan Altman and Zachary Borngraver, along with a great group of volunteers, provided the children with a fun and educational day in the sun riding bikes. Given that most children now spend less time each day outside than prisoners, we believe that this program is important not only to introduce tomorrow’s commuters to a better way to travel, but to reconnect our next generation with nature.
The day started with an interactive discussion on bike safety and bike operation before moving into three different skills stations. Students practiced their braking, improved upon their turns, and worked on their balance and agility. They navigated a fun obstacle course where children who were initially intimidated by the prospect became comfortable and confident on their bikes,. The afternoon ended with huge smiles as the group rode throughout the adjacent park, practicing hand signals and urban riding.
The children had a blast, pestering us when Chain Reaction would be returning. Lucky for them, Chain Reaction will offer additional summer programs at the YMCA and is looking forward to it as much as the kids. Stay tuned for more exciting Chain Reaction events this summer!
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