We develop tools, skills, and resources for everyone to be able to choose whether, where, and how to ride.
As a Coalition, we are committed to including riders of all backgrounds, skill sets, fitness levels, and abilities in our advocacy. Whether riding to work, for fun, in town, or in the mountains, we want everyone to have the knowledge, equipment, and environment they need to enjoy their ride.
Tools that we create to better empower local community members include:
- The Bikes for Refugees program was launched after a group of refugees in Harrisonburg identified transportation as a major challenge. For many refugees, bicycling is the most efficient and reliable transportation available. Interested individuals attend a class taught by Coalition members where they learn bike skills, safety skills and bicycle related laws. At the end of the 2-hour class, refugees get to take home a bicycle, helmet, bike lock, and bike pump.
- Safe Routes to School coordinators empower children with bike handling classes as well as morning and afternoon group walks to-and-from schools. We advocate for safe and inclusive neighborhoods, where walking or biking to school is both an enjoyable and healthy option for area children.
- We help students start their love of cycling early, through extra-curricular activities like the SHEN ROCK Mountain Bike Team and the SAW Composite Youth Mountain Bike Team.
- We host events throughout the year for beginning cyclists, including Bike Month, greenway rides, downtown costume parades on bicycles, and more.