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The Bike Dojo’s Project B.I.K.E (Believe in Kids’ Exercise) is kicking off the holiday season by giving away 20 bikes to children in need.  Bike Dojo is hosting the celebration event Saturday, December 15, from 12-2 p.m. — Karen Kefauver

Bike Dojo will be the hub of activity with kids showing off their new bikes and helmets They can enjoy special treats and cookies from Pacific Cookie Company, pizza from Woodstock Pizza and goodie bags from New Leaf Community Markets.

“We are excited to help make this holiday season special for children.  We can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces when they get their bike,” said Rob Mylls, Bike Dojo owner.

So far this year Project B.I.K.E has donated over 75 bikes with their charity partner Beach Flats, a program of Community Bridges.  Bike Church, CASA and UCSC Co-op have also received bikes as part of Project B.I.K.E’s outreach.

At the beginning of the year Mayor Don Lane did a proclamation naming it Project Bike Day and Bike Dojo plans on continuing the great tradition of giving away bikes to children in need.

“It has been an extraordinary year and we have loved giving away bikes and contributing to the community and local charities,” Mylls said.  “We have built great partnerships and want to thank our sponsors for helping us make a difference.  We are looking forward to keeping up a great tradition of getting kids riding.”

Project B.I.K.E sponsors include:  Spokesman Bicycles, New Leaf, Woodstock Pizza, William Ow Properties, By Marisa and Good Times.

For more information call Kim Mylls at 602-432-4940.

1101 Pacific Ave, Suite G, Santa Cruz
Entrance behind Pacific Ave. in the
farmers market parking lot off of Cedar and Cathcart


Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese and that number is on the rise.

In an effort to get kids active, Bike Dojo is offering Mountain Bike Kids Camps this summer. Here’s a new fun way to get kids moving!

— By  Karen Kefauver

For five days, kids ages 7 to 14 can learn basic mountain bike skills in a fun, safe and encouraging environment. There are kids participating from beginner to advanced (and the camp is not designed for overweight/obese children, tho all fitness levels are welcome). There is one instructor per every five kids everyone will have an opportunity to receive individual attention. Bike Dojo has extra bikes and helmets if for kids without them. Camp sessions are offered in June, July and August.

“We want kids to be active and to be having so much fun they don’t realize they are also burning calories and getting fit,” says Bike Dojo owner Rob Mylls.  “We realize there are a lot of factors that cause childhood obesity, and not one thing is going to cure it, however we do know that exercise is a key factor.”


Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being according to the Center for Disease Control and Bike Dojo wants to aid children getting healthy.

Bike Dojo believes that prevention is one key to ending childhood obesity and getting kids into physical activity is a starting point.

According to the Shimano Research Group, mountain biking isn’t only an adventure: It can also help you stay fit. Depending on the speed of your rides and the terrain you’re covering, you can burn 600 to 1,000 calories per hour. Over time, biking can increase muscle strength, improve cardiovascular health and help you build endurance that will carry over to other parts of your life.

Space is limited. To sign up visit or call 831-713-5475.

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