If you’re looking for that last minute gift to give your bicycle enthusiast friend, you might want to think about giving them a membership to a bicycle advocacy group – or perhaps making a donation in their name.
No, not to Bike Friendly Richardson. We’re not set up to take in and allocate funding. Quite frankly, there are other organizations who are much better advocates for bicycling. Here are just a few:
Let’s start locally:
BikeDFW – a Texas nonprofit organization working for safe, healthy, and more livable communities, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Through their individual membership program, and bicycle club and industry sponsor programs, BikeDFW represents nerly 2,000 cyclists in North Texas. These guys are great at bringing great information to local cyclists. Keeping a close watch over local and city government, they make efforts to attend and represent cyclists at biking and infrastructure related meetings. They also offer bicycle education classes throughout the year.
When you become a member of BikeDFW you’re acting to decrease traffic congestion, decrease air pollution, and increase public health by promoting increased bicycle use in North Texas.
Your tax-deductible gift supports our efforts to:
- Increase the accessibility and safety of cycling in North Texas by promoting bicycle-friendly policies, infrastructure, and legislation
- Increase bicycle use and safety in North Texas through bicycle education programs that foster safe and confident riding
- Raise awareness of the role of bicycling in commuting, multi-modal transportation, recreation, and promoting better health in North Texas
- Expand the capabilities of BikeDFW and ensure its sustainability
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $25.
Next up, the state level:
BikeTexas – The mission of BikeTexas is to advance bicycle access, safety and education in Texas. BikeTexas, formerly known as Texas Bicycle Coalition, was formed in 1991 to unify the voices of thousands of bicycle enthusiasts, the bicycle industry, Texas bicycle clubs and Texas-based bicycle rides and events. With the support of these members and community partners, BikeTexas seeks to develop and steward the future of bicycling in Texas and encourage bicycle use as a healthy and mainstream lifestyle and transportation choice. More.
When you become a member of BikeTexas, you get these benefits:
- A Voice in Austin and Washington, DC
- BikeTexas.org website which is a member-supported, member-driven hub of information about bicycle safety, access, and education in the Lone Star State
- BikeTexas Today eNewsletter
- Action Alerts & Event Updates
- Membership ID Card
- BikeTexas Gear (with higher level membership)
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $30.
Then there’s the national level:
League of American Bicyclists – The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Their mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. They do this by representing the interests of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community.
When you become a member you are an integral part of the nation’s premier cycling organization that brings together more than 300,000 cyclists including a membership of 40,000 individuals and over 600 organizations. You also get these benefits:
- 6 issues per year of American Bicyclist magazine, including the annual Bicycle-Friendly America yearbook.
- 11 issues per year of Bicycling magazine.
- Annual Mileage log.
- Professional bike shipping discount.
- Discounts to League events.
- Discounts from participating retailers.
Click here to join (or buy a gift membership) – starting at $40.
Lots of Options:
If they are already members to these groups, there are plenty of other charitable organizations that are bike related: Alliance for Biking and Walking, Streetsblog.net, People for Bikes, Spokes for Folks, Pedal-Power and 88bikes – just to name a few.
Filed under: Advocacy, Good Causes, Bike DFW, Bike Texas, BikeDFW, BikeTexas, League of American Bicyclists