What is Ghuru?
We are a former elementary school teacher and a professional BMX rider who both share a passion for getting kids active with bikes.
We created Ghuru because we wish something like this was around when we were kids. With the rise of obesity and video game usage amongst children, there needs to be a program that gets kids excited about exercise. This is why we developed the Bike Sports and Safety P.E Program.
Our 3 primary objectives are:
1) Bike Safety
Riding a bike is the quintessential childhood activity. Virtually ever child in this country has a bicycle and uses it for transportation. The statistics on bike injury are alarming. In 2015, 488,123 people were treated in emergency rooms after being injured riding a bicycle.
We feel that the current practices of teaching bike safety are outdated. There is a big difference in teaching bike safety, versus INTERNALIZING bike safety. To be frank, most of the material on bike safety is boring. We strongly believe that in order to internalize bike safety, it must be fun for the kids. There are some programs out there that require young kids to read a long textbook on bike safety. This may be a wonderful way to teach adults, but not young children. We’ve updated the current method of teaching bike safety into an exciting program. Think of it as bike safety 2.0.
2) Physical Fitness
It’s widely agreed upon that riding a bike is one of the best ways to get exercise. It’s a full body workout that combines cardiovascular and strength training.
The obesity problem in America is well documented and there seems to be no end in sight. We strongly believe that building interest in riding a bike will help fight the obesity epidemic in this country. We want to make riding a bike FUN for kids so they will WANT to ride in their free time. There are numerous ways to get the heart rate up and we’ve chosen the bicycle as our medium.
3) Practical Life Skills
The amazing thing about riding a bike is that it is useful at every stage of ones life. It’s a skill set that carries well into adulthood. Regardless of the life path that a child takes, the bike skills learned as a kid will still be useful. There are skills learned in other sports that are too specific and infrequent to provide real utility as an adult. Riding a bike can be done almost anywhere at any time.
Bike sports have been increasing in popularity every year. In 2008, BMX racing became an official olympic sport. Freestyle BMX, Racing BMX, Velodrome racing and mountain biking are amazing hobbies as either a kid or an adult. I know numerous workplace professionals that will go to the skate park and ride freestyle BMX on the weekends, or take a ride through the woods on a mountain bike course.
Help us get kids excited about Exercycle and off of video games today!