Blue Water Ramble proceeds (after operating expenses) go to cycling causes.
As of 2018, Clinton River Riders have given over $144,786 to cycling causes over the years.
2018 Supported Causes:
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 15 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.
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.
Mt. Clemens Public Library: Funds donated to the library were earmarked for media that is cycling related, to education and encourage the public in these interests and pursuits. The library also provides space to the Clinton River Riders for monthly meetings at no cost.
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.
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.
Metro Parkway Freedom Trail: Parallels the Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Rd) through urban Macomb County for 10.7 miles. Comfortably wide, running between Harrison Township's Lake St Clair Metropark and Schoenherr Road. You can continue North on a paved trail along Schoenherr to Utica Road and into Sterling Heights, where the trail links to the Clinton River Park Trail. Future plans would link this to Stony Creek Metropark. CRR donations focus on improvements such as benches for cyclists (and others) to take a break a enjoy the outdoors.
Local Bikes for Kids: Working with St Vincent de Paul and St Louis Catholic Church, we set aside funds to buy bikes and helmets for kids local to the Mt Clemens area.
Clinton River Riders
Supported Causes 2018