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Bicycle Organizations We Love

Giving the gift of cycling isn’t always about what you can give to your loved ones. We are thankful for the work of amazing bicycle-related charities who use cycling as a way to raise funds and give bikes to those who are in need. So, when you are thinking about a gift to give to your favorite cyclist, maybe the best gift would be a donation in their name to one of these awesome organizations.

Be Good Foundation

Founded by Liv ambassador Rebecca Rusch, the Be Good™ Foundation creates opportunities for outdoor exploration, personal discovery and humanitarian service at local, national and global levels. Priorities include removal of UXO, or unexploded ordnance, throughout Laos, protecting public lands for recreation and access to all, and partnering with other cycling related nonprofits to fund impactful change in their communities. You can support the Be Good™ Foundation by joining one of Rebecca's rideshost a film screeningpurchase a bracelet, or donate any amount to support the efforts toward positive change.

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Grow Cycling Foundation

Grow Cycling Foundation was created to address the lack of adequate diverse representation in cycling competition, business, media, and development by building authentic foundations of diversity from within the cycling industry. Focusing on providing education in addition to creating access and opportunities within communities, Grow Cycling Foundation aims to break down the barriers to entry that currently exist to increase diversity and inclusion in cycling.

Grow Cycling Foundation’s first initiative is building a Velosolutions Pumptrack in Los Angeles, California. The 30,000 square foot pumptrack will provide a cycling ecosystem to an area that has never had this opportunity.

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World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief believes bicycles have the power to change the world by giving people the power to GO farther, faster and safer in their daily lives. In rural Africa, a bicycle can increase academic performance by up to 59%, decrease farmers' travel time by 45%, and allow healthcare volunteers to reach 45% more clients.

You can make a difference by donating or encourage friends and family to donate by creating a fundraising page.

World Bicycle Relief’s mission: “World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. We are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive."

*Giant Bicycles manufactures the Buffalo Bicycle, collaborating with World Bicycle Relief for product development and logistics.

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The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect works to empower young women through mountain biking to create brighter futures and build stronger communities. Based in Eagle, Colorado, the program provides bikes, coaching, mentorship, and racing opportunities to girls in the community - aiming specifically to reduce the "adventure gap" between the Hispanic and white populations. In 2020, The Cycle Effect had 185 riders in three counties, grades 5-12, and 100 percent of the program's graduates have successfully completed high school and gone to college - 75 percent are the first generation in their family to attend college.

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People for Bikes

People for Bikes are kind of just that… they are a group of people that love bikes. But more than that, they advocate for bikes! To do that, People for Bikes work to unite individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials to create a voice for cycling and all of its benefits.

The projects that People for Bikes work on range widely from generating protected bike lanes with their Green Lane Project (creating 320 protected bike lanes in 98 cities) to urban bike parks funded by their Community Grant Program.

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IMBA

What is IMBA? The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is: “To create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.”

Where ever you are, there is likely to be an IMBA chapter or club close by. These groups, along with IMBA staff, are making mountain biking better for riders all over the world by providing a voice for trails, advocating for more MTB access, building awesome trails, and teaching responsible trail-building practices.

So, if you know an avid mountain biker (or are one yourself), join your local IMBA chapter or donate to help IMBA build new places to ride and protect the trails you have.

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