Whether it’s improving health, lowering the risk of disease, reducing stress, or providing a cost-effective means of transportation in urban environments, there are many benefits to a cycling lifestyle. Unfortunately, the sport has a diversity issue, and it’s a problem that won’t easily be fixed without the support from everybody.
There are plenty of groups attempting to change the landscape in a positive way. Inner city youth, people of color and women are some of the most under-represented groups in the sport of cycling — but these 10 organizations are doing their part to spread diversity and get more people on bikes to enjoy the benefits of the sport.
THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
This organization advocates for cyclists on a federal level. The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880 and has done a lot to build better, safer cities for cyclists. It also started the Equity Initiative in 2013, partnering with local leaders of color to help solve diversity issues and bridge the gap between minority communities in inner cities and bicycle advocates.
One of the fastest growing clubs in Los Angeles, this foundation has been around since 2013 and focuses on helping inner city youth get active. Its Motions Equal Healthy initiative encourages youth to make healthier choices in their habits and diet, with getting kids on bikes being a major component.
FRIENDS OF MAJOR TAYLOR ASSOCIATION
This organization was formed by residents of Worcester, Massachusetts, to memorialize bike racer Major Taylor and his efforts to bring diversity, sportsmanship and strength of character to the sport of cycling. In addition to educating people about his life and legacy, the organization also advocates for bicycle safety for all and teaches inner city youth about the importance of cycling.
ALL MOUNTAIN BROTHERS
This group has a self-proclaimed mission to diversify the outdoors, seeking to include minority groups and people of color on the trails. If you’d like to find out how you can help or be a featured story, contact it via its Instagram or Facebook page.
PEDAL 2 THE PEOPLE
This group helps to inspire and support people of color on bikes. You can share your story or follow along on its Instagram page.
STAR TRACK CYCLING
This free program teaches New York City kids the fundamentals of track cycling and spreads the joy and lifelong benefits associated with bicycle racing. The program is funded entirely by donations and sponsors, and has seen its fundraising impacted by COVID-19. Here’s how you can donate.
BLACK GIRLS DO BIKE
Hosting group rides, educating, promoting skill sharing and lending a supporting hand to others is what this group, formed by women of color, is all about. With multiple locations, it is an excellent resource if you’re looking for a liaison to become familiar with the sport. You can get in touch with it on its website or on Instagram.
DIVERSITY OUTDOORS COALITION
This team of bloggers, athletes and activists has a goal of promoting diversity in the outdoors for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and all other diverse identities who have been marginalized or silenced. Its blog, resources page, and social media platforms are good ways to connect and promote its mission.
PEDAL POSSE DIVAS
Cycling is supposed to be fun, and these women are great examples of that. Built as a community of women to support bike advocacy, education and fun, it continues to push for a place where women of any level can ride in a safe and healthy environment. Learn how to support it or get in touch on its website or Instagram.
BLACKSTONE BICYCLE WORKS
This local project in Chicago is an educational youth program that serves as a community resource providing opportunities to the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. The bike shop donates profits from sales and services to the BBW youth program to promote the benefits of cycling. Learn how to donate or volunteer.