Blue Water Ramble proceeds (after operating expenses) go to cycling causes.
As of 2016, Clinton River Riders have given over $120,000 to cycling causes over the years.
2016 Supported Causes:
League of American Bicyclists (LAB): The mission of LAB is to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.
The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP) - Velodrome Maintenance and Equipment: The IVBP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all monies administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester through the Mike Walden Velodrome Fund. The IVBP was paid for by private donations, built by volunteers from the cycling community, was given to the city of Rochester Hills, and is operated daily throughout the summer by a crew of dedicated volunteers. The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP) is located in Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is the only bicycle racing track of its kind in North America. The IVBP is an outdoor, 1/8 mile / 200 M oval with banking from 13 degrees to 44 degrees. There are classes or programs or racing every day during the summer season and open riding whenever the track is dry.
Variety Club: Bikes are most often an integral part of our youth, but for some kids in our community, the prospect of owning a bike is only a dream. For the past 13 years, through the generosity of its supporters, Variety has made that dream a reality for these wonderful and deserving children, providing bikes to hundreds of needy kids, as well as specially-adapted bikes for special needs children.
PEAC: Programs To Educate All Cyclists - Tandem program and Education program: PEAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan and our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation, and self-advocacy education. We believe that biking and alternative modes of transportation play a critical role in increasing community access, fostering social involvement & self-esteem, and promoting healthy lifestyles among individuals with disabilities.
Mt. Clemens Library Elevator: The library faced an urgent challenge affecting its ability to serve the people of Mount Clemens effectively. The elevator – now nearly half a century old – was placed permanently out of service due to mechanical failure, causing an extreme hardship for the many senior and disabled citizens who use our free public meeting space on a weekly basis. Now back up and running!
Back Alley Bikes: Back Alley Bikes is a 501(c)3 non-profit community bike shop, which has been operating in the Cass Corridor for 15 years. Our mission is to provide cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices and community access. We work to achieve this mission by offering a variety of educational programs, volunteer training & opportunities, as well as rides and other types of support related to cycling education, materials, and resources.
League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB): LMB is a full time bicycle advocacy group of professionals looking out for bicycling interests, keeping the roads open to bicyclists and working to establish a more informed government and public. They work towards:
· Improved facilities (such as bicycle lanes and paved shoulders)
· Acceptance of responsible bicyclists as legitimate road users
· Education of bicyclists and motorists
· Representation of bicycling issues within all levels of government
· Legislation that protects the rights of bicyclists, is effective and properly enforced.
Macomb Orchard Trail: This hike and bike path is a 24-mile linear park that starts at 24 Mile Road and Dequindre in Shelby Township and travels northeast to the City of Richmond. This trail will link to 180 miles of trails in southeast Michigan.
Clinton River Trail: The Clinton River Trail is a rail-trail that extends across 16 miles of Oakland County, Michigan, through suburban, urban and rural portions of Detroit's northern suburbs.
Polly Ann Trail: The Polly Ann Trail is a 14.2 mile long, non-motorized trail located in Oakland County Michigan in suburban Detroit. The trail connects the communities of Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township, and the Village of Leonard. Our popular linear park utilizes the abandoned P.O. & N. railroad corridor, and transverses through some of the most beautiful untouched landscape in northern Oakland County.
Greenway Alliance: Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit organization and the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect, and promote multi-use trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan.
Detroit Greenways Coalition: Our mission is to create, conserve and promote greenways and green spaces in order to connect people, places and nature. We will collaborate to create a city-wide and regional Greenway vision, purpose and infrastructure. Work to develop a collective imagination that is focused on a comprehensive greenway system for the City of Detroit. We strive to foster a collective commitment to the work of planning and building non-motorized connections between all sectors of the City.
Clinton River Riders
Supported Causes 2016