OAKLAND -- In an effort to encourage cycling among urban youth, the Skyline High School Bike Club is hosting a bicycle drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Montclair Village Farmer's Market at the corners of La Salle and Moraga avenues.

Members of the school's bike club will accept on-site donations of bikes in any condition. Donors also are invited to drop off bikes at the high school or arrange for a pickup.

The bike club was launched in 2012 with a grant by Oakland-based Philanthropic Ventures. It serves to encourage youth bicycle use, teach students the mechanics through repair efforts at the campus bike shop, broaden students' awareness of the greater Bay Area, and assist them in acquiring their own bicycles, said Michael Raytis, club adviser.

"To go from being landlocked in a rough neighborhood to being able to start an amazing adventure from your front door on a cycle can genuinely change the outlook of our students," Raytis said. "Cycling (is) a safe, sustainable, and fun way to navigate the Bay Area and its world-class riding opportunities."

In addition to the hands-on learning at the bike shop, club members also engage in bimonthly group rides, which have included treks along the Bay Trail and from the Embarcardero to Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

This year, the club has grown to 40 members, who will participate in rides along the Golden Gate Bridge, along the Iron Horse Trail from Walnut Creek to Dublin and a camping trip to Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.


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In January, the club hosted its first bike drive, yielding more than 30 donations which benefitted 22 high school students. Additionally, bike club members fixed children's bikes that were donated and gave them to a North Oakland martial arts school that also champions cycling.

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