A Bike Club for Girls and Gender Non-Conforming Young People

Join us for Freewheel - a monthly bike ride open to young women and gender non-conforming young people who are in high school in Oakland and surrounding cities.


Starting October 2019, we’ll spend one Saturday a month (generally 9 AM - 1 PM) exploring the Bay Area and its vibrant communities and scenery.  



Discover new exciting parts of the Bay Area

and how to get around by bicycle.


Build self-confidence and strength by challenging yourself to ride in a supportive environment. 




October 26, 2019

November 9 

December 14  


January 11, 2020

February 8

March 14


Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3



Make new friends and experience the freedom and joy of traveling by bicycle.


Learn basic bike repair skills and understand how to get the most out of your ride.




  • Sacred Ohlone sites to learn about the Bay Area’s indigenous history

  • The Golden Gate bridge for spectacular views of the Pacific and the Bay

  • The shoreline trail to visit the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond

  • The Richmond Bridge Grand Opening

Freewheel ends with a 5 day / 4 night bike tour around the Bay during OUSD Spring Break. 


Participants must attend at least 4 of the 6 rides to come on the bike tour.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Tell me more about the rides!

Each bike ride will visit a different historical or cultural site in the Bay Area, with an aim of learning about the people and communities who’ve created this incredible place we live. Most rides will be between 15 and 30 miles, with lots of time to rest and talk. Generally, rides will meet at Life Academy at 9 AM on ride days and return by 1 PM, with some exceptions. We’ll provide a bike, helmet, transit fare (when needed), museum entrance fees, and snacks.

Who can participate?

Participants must be young women or gender non-conforming young people currently enrolled in high school (or the equivalent age) for the 2019-2020 school year.

How much does Freewheel cost?

The participant fee is $50-$200 sliding scale (ie, if your family can afford to pay more than $50, please do!) We’re committed to making Freewheel accessible, so if you’re not able to pay the full $50 please apply anyway and we’ll work it out. The participant fee includes the use of a bicycle and helmet for every ride, with the possibility of purchasing the bike for a reduced fee at the end of the program. It also includes the cost of the Spring Break bike tour.

Do I need my own bike?

No! We'll provide bikes and helmets to all participants to use for the rides.

What if I'm scared of biking/not good at riding/not fast?

We'll always ride as a group, so no one will get left behind. The rides will be led by experienced bike educators who will provide safety training and guidance to make sure that everyone feels confident and knows how to bike safely and predictably.

I have a bike I'd like to donate, how do I do that?

We're gratefully accepting road and hybrid bikes in good condition. To arrange a drop-off, please email