What distinguishes Marina del Rey Cycling Club from other cycling clubs in the area is the “shared use rides and bicycles”.
The MDR Middle School is located next to the Ballona Creek Bike Path about five miles from Marina del Rey Harbor and Pacific Ocean in Southern California. The Physical Education Department has conducted a bicycle unit starting in 1998 using their fleet of bicycles and the YES-BLAST curriculum to teach bicycle handling skills and road safety.
After the students are trained, the Marine Science Academy (a program at the middle school) use the bicycles to travel to the Marina del Rey Harbor and Ocean to do their studies. Also the Physical Education Department conducts a Kayak training after school program and uses the bicycles to access the Harbor.
The Physical Education staff has changed over the years but the program continues because of the BLAST curriculum, bicycle fleet and shared use.
Cresenta Valley High School is located in the San Gabriel Mountains, right on the edge of the San Fernando Valley, in South Califonia. It was only natural for a National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to establish a mountain bike team. The NICA Head Coach for the CV Team found that having the YES-BIKE high school curriculum taught in the Physical Education Department, allows for new students to be introduced to the idea of bicycling for transportation, health and a chance to experience bicycling racing. It sparked an interest in becoming a CV Team racer.
The Connetquot Cycling Club started with buying bicycles and helmets for an after school activity to ride the rolling hills and bays near to Bohemia, New York. Soon the Physical Education Department was buying more bicycles and helmets because the CCC was soooooo popular.
Mark Dellecave, Physical Education Chair.
Cecil Avenue Middle School, Almond Tree Middle School, Pioneer School and La Vina Middle School are schools in the City of Delano, California to receive prior training and started YES-School Cycling Clubs.
Physical Educational Departments are planning after school rides and activities together. PHOTO: Members from both clubs and the Physical Education Teachers took a field trip to the Bakersfield Stage of the 2012 Tour de California.
During the 2015-2016 school year 12 of the P.E. middle school teachers received Professional Development to become YES School Cycling Teachers. All 4 middles schools are now teaching a P.E. class in cycling but also starting School Cycling Teams.