Not so long ago, riding a bike was such a basic building block of the American childhood that it became a cliche: "it's like learning to ride a bike -- you never forget." Kids generally walked or biked to get around their neighborhoods and to school.
In 1969, 48% of children 5 to 14 years of age usually walked or bicycled to school. .
In 2009, just 13% of did so. 
Geography has a lot to do with this, but even when you take geography out of the equation there's been a massive shift.
In 1969, 90% of those kids who lived within a mile of school walks or rode bikes to get there. Today 65% of kids who live within a mile are driven to school, mainly due to safety concerns (Source: 2009 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine).
We can't change school siting policies or residential settlement patterns overnight, but we can work to educate the next generation of cyclists. We've organized free classes for kids at the Andrew Young YMCA, Latin Academy, and Kipp schools serving at-risk communities in SW Atlanta, as well as schools like Drew Charter and the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. (We're focusing on charter schools for the first phase of this program as they tend to have greater flexibility in scheduling).
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition instructor Neil Walker has taught many bike classes since becoming a League Cycling Instructor, but none are closer to his heart than the ones that involve kids.
Read more to find out what Neil has to say about these classes.