Bike Down 2019!
This August, I am taking part in a benefit ride for Oakland UpCycle, a Cycles of Change program that has given away over 1,000 bikes to adults who lacked reliable transportation. This year we have a challenge grant from our funder, so we need to raise $90,000 over the next year to continue getting low-income Alameda County residents on bikes. I've committed to raising $500, and I’m asking for your help to meet that goal.
Cycles of Change is an incredible organization that works in Oakland and all over Alameda County to increase the use of bicycles as transportation, connect youth with the extraordinary living systems of our local area, and build a diverse community of visionary young leaders.
If you were biking around Oakland, you might run into Cycles of Change at Met West High School, where former bike club participants now teach participants in an after school bike club how to fix their own bikes; teaching safe biking skills as part of our Safe Routes to School program, or helping you find the bike you've always dreamed of at the Bikery, our collectively run community bike shop in Fruitvale/San Antonio.
You might also run into one of over 1,000 low-income adults who are riding bikes they got from Upcycle. Since 2009, Upcycle participants have taken part in a 5 hour bike skills training, and then left with a fully functional bike, lock, helmet, lights, and more!
Cycles of Change has a challenge grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which means that in order to receive the same funding that Upcycle has relied on in the past, they need to match that funding dollar for dollar.
You can help by sponsoring me - I've committed to raising $500 to support Cycles of Change and Upcycle - can you help? Anything you can donate would mean a lot to me, and everyone at Cycles of Change.
Your donation, words of encouragement, and manifestations of support are all deeply appreciated!!