Joy 2 Ride Benzie

How it all began…

As the Founder of Joy 2 Ride, I personally am no stranger to disability, having lived with birth defects and ongoing structural issues most all of my life that slowly disabled me. I later learned firsthand the AMAZING  and AWEsome difference a “simple ride” on the Betsie Valley Trail can make. It was truly liberating and life changing for me! The freedom that comes with cycling is truly AWEsome. So, I want to bring that JOY of being outdoors biking in our gorgeous area to young and old regardless of physical ability. The camaraderie between the passenger and the volunteer who “pilots” the bike is SO beneficial in countless ways, not the mention experiencing the beauty of our area and the fresh air!

Joy 2 Ride is proud to be the first program of it’s kind in Michigan with still only a “handful” of others in the nation! We here in the Benzie area have an absolutely wonderful trail system, a community full of amazing people who value our fantastic area and the “great” outdoors, and that have a passion for helping others enjoy life to the fullest, regardless of ability.

The goal is to continue to keep “rolling” and evolving after having brought this program “to life” in 2018, so that individuals living here or visiting the area can have the opportunity to get out on our AWESOME Betsie Valley Trail!

There were many steps to getting this program built and there will always be “need” for many things from volunteers, to fundraising, marketing, to T‐shirts, signs, helmets, flags/bags, not to mention insurance, storage, etc. SO if you would like to get involved in ANY way, PLEASE contact us!

For more info or to get involved, please call or text 231‐651‐0434 or Email:

Thank you SO MUCH for your support!

Carol Kraak, Founder & President