We are proud to announce our 2021 RPI beneficiaries! These organizations were specifically chosen for the work they do to enrich communities globally and locally using the bicycle to create change and evolution.
Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League was launched publicly in 2014 at Rebecca’s Private Idaho and facilitates the development of high school and middle school mountain bike teams across Idaho. My life trajectory changed when I found sports in high school; through them I found confidence, community, and drive. For this reason, I’m passionate about the work that the Idaho League does. The League provides education, training, licensing, and insurance for coaches and volunteers and is built on year-round programs that develop the whole person through a variety of competitive and non-competitive learning environments. The League plans to use the funds received from RPI to support a new Student Leadership Council Program launching this season. This program will involve a student-athlete from each team becoming a representative for his or her peers and a voice to the League for strategic planning, rule changes, etc. These student representatives will be invited to an annual summit, where they will be given leadership training opportunities, workshops, and riding.
People for Bikes has created a prominent place for bikes in transportation, mobility, and recreation decisions at all levels of government since 1999. They work to ensure that bikes are prioritized and positioned as a real solution to improve Americans’ health, connect communities, boost local and state economies, strengthen our nation, and protect our planet. They accomplish this by being proactive and planning for the future, adopting a broad and inclusive vision for government affairs, and making it convenient for leaders at all levels to take advantage of opportunities and legislation that prioritize bikes. Click here to learn more.
National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA is working to provide opportunities for every youth in America to be empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community. With leagues operating in 29 states, NICA currently has over 25,000 registered student-athletes and nearly 13,500 licensed coaches representing over 1100 teams participating in a range of activities, including racing, trail stewardship and advocacy, adventure skills development, and efforts aimed at increasing the diversity of participants. Funding from RPI will be used to support expansion of the Teen Trail Corps, a program that provides NICA student-athletes the opportunity to serve and give their time toward bike-related advocacy activities. It is designed to provide exposure and be a gateway for NICA student-athletes into the world of advocacy. Read their 2020 report here. Read their 2020 report here.
World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles and is committed to helping people conquer the distance challenge, achieve independence, and thrive. To this end, they deliver specially-designed, locally-assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need in Africa and Colombia. They have developed an efficient, innovative, and scaleable model to empower students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in rural developing regions with life-changing mobility. Read their 2020 report here.
Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is a global humanitarian and advocacy organization that finds, removes, and destroys landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded bombs from places affected by conflict. The Be Good Foundation was born after my life-changing ride on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Southeast Asia. The most shocking discovery for me on that trip was the massive amount of dangerous unexploded ordnance (UXO) still littering and threatening the communities in Laos along the historical war trail. Clearing UXO in Laos was the commencing project of the Be Good Foundation and will always be part of our Be Good efforts. MAG also provides education programs, particularly for children, so people can live, work, and play as safely as possible until they clear the land. Since 1989, MAG has helped over 20 million people in 68 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war. MAG believes people should live with their rights upheld, with dignity and choice, free from the fear of mines and unexploded bombs, and free of the impact of small arms and light weapons. Click here to learn more about what MAG does.