Great Bicycle Charities
There are many bicycling events out there, promoting cycling both as a sport, and as a way of life. Whether you are taking part in a race, or a non-competitive city ride, there is a genuine sense of community among riders, and a feeling that they are involved in something that is good for their community.
Bikes to Rwanda
Bikes for RwandaBikes to Rwanda is a charity dedicated to helping the communities of Bikes to Rwanda is a charity dedicated to helping the communities of Rwanda, and in particular, the coffee co-operatives that are very important to the country’s economic development and job provision. Bikes to Rwanda simply provides bikes and bike repair facilities, which in turn facilitates greater mobility and productivity within the coffee industry. Coffee and cycling have always gone hand in hand, and this is a great way to help a nation in need that produces our favorite hot drink.
Yield to Life
Yield to life is a charity backed by US national cycling champion, Dave Zabriskie. The charity engages in vigorous awareness campaigns to promote positive attitudes toward cyclists and replace any hostility that exists between motorists and cyclists with understanding, respect, and appreciation for all life on the road. Safety for every cyclist is the top priority of Yield to Life. Yield to Life concentrates on road-rule education programs for motorists and cyclists alike through driver's education programs, public awareness movements and media campaigns in order to ensure a safer and more harmonious environment for all those on the road. It also runs a hands-on educational programs with target audiences that range from school assemblies to corporate conventions. Workshops will be created to arm cyclists with tips for navigating through traffic and tools for riding in a safe and responsible manner. Yield to Life will work on a database for cyclists to find the best, the safest and the most accommodating roads for commuting and for recreation. Check out Yeald To Life
Trips for Kids
Operating in the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips For Kids® (TFK®) has opened the world of cycling to over 50,000 at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The more than sixty Trips For Kids chapters combine lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun. Check out Trips For Kids
Wheels4Life is a non-profit charity that provides free bicycles for people in need of transportation in Third World countries. They partner with local individuals, organizations and other groups to help them identify persons who sincerely need a bike to be able to go to school or to work. Often these people live in very primitive and remote areas with no access or means to public transportation. The closest school, doctor or work-place might be 10 or 20 miles away. Having a bike can make all the difference in somebody’s life and can give them a chance to break out of the vicious poverty cycle. The gift of mobility, in form of a bicycles, can do miracles. Check out Wheels 4 Life
These are just a few of the good causes out there that need our help. From groups looking to provide bikes and opportunities to those in need, to organizations looking to promote cycling and cycling safety, there are many causes that are worthy of our support as cyclists.