Green Geckos

Montavilla Community Center Kids Class Recap

By Elaine Bothe It’s been an amazing ride all year, every Monday afternoon at Montavilla Community Center! We ran this program for 7-8 weeks during Fall Term ’23, and Winter and Spring Terms in ’24. Each term, 15 amazing kids were signed up, and we regularly had 12-15 participants each day. Most were in grade … Read More

Portland Parks & Rec Spring Break Kids Camp

Word and photos by Elaine Bothe March 25-18, 2024, Gateway Green Bike Park and Montavilla Community Center Spring Break 2024 provided winter weather but summer fun during our Gateway Green Bike Park Kids Camp! Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest is always a mixed-weather bag. Fortunately we got only one full on rainy day during … Read More

Montavilla Community Center Kids Class Recap

By Elaine Bothe These kids didn’t know they were groundbreakers at the very first indoor/outdoor bike after school program for Montavilla Community Center! The kids knew they were having fun, but they didn’t know they were breaking ground as they rode bikes as participants in the first ever kids’ afterschool bike class series at Montavilla … Read More

Kids Ride at Rocky Point Recap

By Elaine Bothe  The day was another warm one for our Kid’s Ride at Rocky Point on Sept. 10, 2023. We met the kids one by one as they rolled in, introducing ourselves, checking the bikes for safety and making sure everyone had water and snacks with them. While we waited for the last one … Read More

Kids’ Ride at Cascade Locks easyCLIMB Trail 

By Elaine Bothe and Ryland Shipley Friends were made and fun was had at the NWTA Kids’ Ride at Cascade Locks easyCLIMB Trail System on a warm Sunday afternoon in July! We had five kids join us for a lap of beautiful views out across the Columbia River, endless and fun corners, a lovely snack … Read More

NWTA Kids’ Ride Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Chilly but no rain during 2023’s first Kids’ Ride at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park! Stub Stewart State Park has quite the range of trails to suit every level of rider! At the NWTA’s first Kids’ Ride of 2023, a good crew showed up with all the right layers … Read More

NWTA Kids Fall After School Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor The fun kept going into Fall during the NWTA’s Kids After School Program  Keeping the momentum going after a successful Summer Program run, the Northwest Trail Alliance’s inaugural After School program got off to a good start this fall. With mostly warm and dry weather with just a couple … Read More

NWTA Kids Summer Camps Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Aug. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2022, at Gateway Green NWTA’s first ever Kids Camps by the numbers: 1 awesome bike park, three weeks, eight instructors and helpers, and 36 kids aged 8-13! Monday mornings are awesome! 8:45 am, August 8, 2022, we stood with clipboard in hand and big smiles … Read More

NWTA Kids Class Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Warm weather didn’t keep these kids at home! The August temperatures rose as we set up for the “Green Geckos” Kid’s Class at Rocky Point but that didn’t keep these awesome kids indoors! A high of 100 was predicted in Portland, but a pleasant breeze, shady trails, plenty of … Read More

Kids Camps at Gateway Green

In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation; NWTA & Elaine B, Bikes is excited to announce progressive mountain bike skills instruction for 8-12-year-olds at Gateway Green. We are also happy to announce that coaches Myles Ridge, Deidre Iwersen & Peter Melton will join head coach Elaine this season. These 4-day camps (Monday – Thursday 9 … Read More