The volunteers from SORBA Jax have partnered with their local Boys and Girls Club to build a .5 mile trail at the Baxter E. Luther Facility in Jacksonville. The project has been a few years in the making, with it’s grand opening held this past Monday, December 5th, 2022. Funding for the project was provided by the Pedal Up Mountain Bike Program. Pedal Up’s mission is to help provide young people with daily access to mountain biking experiences. They believe that cycling is a lifelong skill with benefits that carry over to nearly every aspect of a young person’s life.

This trail is the first phase of hopefully more bike facilities to be built and is the starting point for the Boys and Girls Club to start the Baxter Bike Program. Future facilities include a skills area and paved pump track. The additional facilities will only help to grow the Baxter Bike Program, showing kids the joy of riding their bike!

More about the Pedal Up Mountain Bike Program:

The aim of Pedal Up Mountain Biking Program is to see Carlo Schejola’s passion for cycling remembered and celebrated. Program funds are used to help bring daily access to cycling, by partnering with youth serving nonprofits to establishing local mountain bike programs and facilities, for children and teens across the country.
Currently Mountain Biking Program is being actively completed each year at five Boys & Girls Club facilities across the south eastern states. While initial areas for the growth of the program are focused on the current region, long term goals are to expand nationally and internationally to help provide daily access to cycling for children and teens across the world.

Learn more about the Pedal Up program and see how you can help your local Boys and Girls Club provide mountain bike facilities!