Adult First Ride Classes

Adult First Ride is the first in a series of Community Classes offered by Trailblazers. This class provides a learning environment where people who have never ridden a bike or have not ridden since they were a child, have the opportunity to learn to pedal comfortably and confidently in a supportive environment. These classes are held at partner community organizations and in public parks to reduce the barriers for participation for our community members. Future classes will be added to help new riders advance their bike riding skills and confidence.                    

Current Classes

Adult First Ride (with Swahili Interpretation by CanopyNWA)*

  • Date & Time: November 5th from 12-2pm
  • Location: The Yvonne Richardson Community Center
  • More info: This session is specifically intended for Swahili speakers. A Swahili interpreter will be on-site for the duration of the session, thanks to CanopyNWA. 

*If you'd like to be added to the waitlist for this class, please e-mail


For class or volunteer information, contact Gabriela Ruíz at 

For underwriting opportunities for AFR classes, contact Gordon Venturella at 

Past Class Locations

  • Citizens Park, Bentonville
  • Walton Life Fitness Center, Bentonville
  • Pedal It Forward, Rogers
  • The Jones Center for Families, Springdale
  • Rogers Activity Center, Rogers
  • Yvonne Richardson Community Center, Fayetteville
Woman Adjusting Helmet in Class


  • Public community classes are free to participants
  • Bikes and helmets are provided for use during the class
  • Class sizes are limited to 10 participants with one trained instructor plus 1-2 assistants
  • A “balance first” method is utilized that breaks down how to get on and off the bike, operating the brakes, balancing, and then finally pedaling
  • Resources are provided to all participants on where to ride for practice, etiquette & rules of the road, and upcoming event info and groups for new riders
  • Participants can receive a free refurbished bike from Pedal It Forward upon request and as available
Adult First Ride Class being taught


“Showing up to this class is one of the most pivotal days in my life and it’s not because I learned how to ride a bike but it’s because random strangers took the time out to have the patience to teach me and cheer me on. It honestly meant the WORLD to me! Even though it took me longer to get a hold on the basics no one gave up on teaching me until I was able to get my first few pedals in during the last 5 minutes of the session. Though I missed the opportunity to learn how to ride 20 years ago, I’m honestly grateful it happened now rather than earlier... I’m so happy that it took me this long because I truly know how it feels to have a simple void filled. I know and understand what it’s like to wait until your time comes and it was the most exciting and most emotional thing that happened to me. I woke up crying in the middle of the night because I knew how to ride a bike and the bike I lost years ago had been restored.” - Adult First Ride participant

Adult First Ride at YRCC

The Numbers

  • 68 participants
  • 22 refurbished bikes gifted from Pedal it Forward
  • 14 trained volunteers
  • 11 classes
  • 1 Social + Group Ride

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