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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wheelie Great Charities to Support During National Bike Month


National Bike Month celebrates cycling for sport, fun, and a powerful means of transportation. Cities across the country host events to teach children and families about bike safety, and encourage movement and physical activity.

In addition to these local events, there are a number of highly-rated charities helping people in the United States and around the world learn to love cycling and provide bicycles to those in need. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these outstanding organizations and the work they’re doing, and consider supporting one today.



International Mountain Bicycling Association
☆☆☆
Great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is an educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA's worldwide network includes 32,000 individual members, more than 200 chapters and 300 allied non-profit organizations, more than 200 corporate partners and 800 bicycle retailers. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

Bike & Build
☆☆☆ + Impact
Pedaling for Affordable Housing

Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. Bike & Build unlocks the potential of young adults to do incredible things. Our participants are the face of our organization, and the driving force behind all that we strive to accomplish. Through engaging young adults as active agents and ambassadors for affordable housing efforts, Bike & Build enables them to test their limits, become engaged and active citizens, and impact the housing landscape.

Bikes Not Bombs
☆☆☆
Using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change

Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.

World Bicycle Relief
☆☆☆ + Impact
Mobilizing people through the power of bicycles

World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles. Our vision is a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity. 

Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, families, and communities. 

With over 238,000 bicycles in the field and more than 1,000 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa. World Bicycle Relief and its partners have assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has supplied bicycles through programs in Angola, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Transportation Alternatives
☆☆☆ + Impact
Your advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) was founded in 1973 during the explosion of environmental consciousness that also produced the Clean Air and Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Since our founding, TA has helped win numerous improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and has been the leading voice for reducing car use in the city. TA's roots are in bicycling, and many of our members are everyday cyclists. But winning a cycling-friendly city means changing the overall transportation system, which, even in mass transit-centered New York City, is still dominated by the private automobile.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated organizations providing bicycles to people around the world, promoting bike safety, and advocating for cycling as alternative transportation.

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