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Cadence Cycling Foundation Joins the Bicycle Coalition

We are pleased to announce that we have combined with the Cadence Cycling Foundation. Together we are creating the largest bicycling nonprofit in Pennsylvania and our wider region, with the largest urban youth educational programs of any such organization in the country.

Make sure to read our blog for updates on the Cadence Foundation, its programs, and how this will strengthen our work on behalf of bicyclists in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

From the press release:

“We are bringing together two highly effective organizations whose missions center around the transformative powers of the bicycle for communities and individuals,” said Leslye Abrutyn, the board chair of the Bicycle Coalition. “The gathering of vision, leadership from the business community, and financial stability found in this combination will strengthen both organizations’ work and benefit bicycling across the entire region.”

The Cadence Cycling Foundation, founded in 2007, uses cycling as a tool to help underserved youth gain the skills and education needed to break the cycle of poverty. CCF cycling teams are organized out of schools and housing projects in Philadelphia and Camden.
“These are two effective and stable organizations who opted to combine forces because we saw efficiencies and complimentary skillsets which will strengthen our work in a way and at a speed we couldn’t achieve separately,” said Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Alex Doty, who will continue to serve as executive director of the combined organization. The nonprofit will operate under the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia name.

Nine CCF board members and seven BCGP board members will join the combined board, which will be chaired by current BCGP board chair Leslye Abrutyn. CCF co-founder and Executive Director Ryan Oelkers will become the Director of Youth Education, overseeing both CCF programs and Safe Routes Philly. CCF co-founder Jay Snider will join the new board, as will CCF board chair Anne Gordon.

“The Bicycle Coalition’s nonprofit expertise, broad grassroots support, and rich institutional knowledge will help the Cadence program more effectively reach new athletes and students,” said Ryan Oelkers. “Between Cadence’s deep and transformative work with hundreds of young athletes, and the 60,000 students who have been impacted by Safe Routes Philly’s extensive reach in Philadelphia public schools, we are creating the largest such organization, in terms of impact, in the country. That is really exciting.”

The combined organization will operate out of the Bicycle Coalition’s current Center City offices, and will maintain its current websites until a combined site is launched by year’s end.

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