WHO WE SUPPORT
Organizations focused on cycling advocacy and education are the key to expanding ridership.
The LeadOut Foundation was founded in part on the idea that to grow interest and participation in bike racing, the pool of committed cyclists needed to grow. To do that a few things have to happen; people need safe places to ride, kids need to learn about cycling, and there needs to be great community cycling events for riders to experience the joy of riding. None of these things are squarely in our particular wheelhouse. But we can certainly raise money for organizations that are doing this work. So The LeadOut Foundation's proceeds support organizations like these listed below.
Want to be a beneficiary of The LeadOut Foundation? If you are part of an organization that's focused on cycling in the greater Austin area with an emphasis on advocacy, education, or community engagement, please reach out to us and tell us about your current projects. A more formal grant application process will be announced in the future, but for now, let's hear what you're doing and see if we might be able to help!
"The LeadOut Foundation’s contributions to this event helped us ensure that the entire crowd could hear the speeches at each stop. We hope we were able to explain the LeadOut Foundation’s mission and pique the interest of the crowd in what you are building!"
-Talib & Susie, The Black History Bike Ride Team
When Talib Abdullahi first shared his idea on Instagram, he wasn’t expecting much. He wanted to get some friends together for a bike ride to explore Austin’s Black history. He figured maybe 20 or 30 friends would join him. But that’s not what happened. The first Black History Bike Ride was June 14th, 2020 in Austin TX, with over 400 riders.
Black History Bike Ride's mission is to present BIPOC history to the masses through fun adventures on a bike. Together we can create a more informed community and go on some great bike rides. Black History Bike Ride is a part of Six Square’s non-profit incubator program. Our hope is to bring this resource to more cities outside of Austin.
SAFE STREETS AUSTIN
Safe Streets Austin is a grassroots movement pushing to restore our streets, bikeways, and urban trails to safe, vibrant, beautiful, and equitable places for all.
Our approach is simple but powerful: unite the community through grassroots engagement, build a common vision for streets and urban trails, and hold decision makers accountable for manifesting this vision.
We organize city-wide and neighborhood events for activities, volunteering, canvassing, and collaborating. We facilitate and publicize demonstration projects, such as Living Streets installations. We publicly celebrate successful programs and initiatives.
Long-time advocacy organizations and champions for safe streets, Bike Austin, Walk Austin and Vision Zero ATX have come together under the Safe Streets Austin umbrella to amplify their shared vision for recreating the transportation structure in Austin.
CAMACHO ACTIVITY CENTER
East Austin’s Lorraine "Grandma" Camacho Activity Center is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreation, nature-based education, and cultural art programs to youth, teens, and adults. Camacho specializes in adventure programming including mountain biking and runs Austin’s only composite National Interscholastic Cycling Association mountain bike team, made up of kids from area schools and those who attend Camacho's Activity Center after-school programming. The Camacho Activity Center is on Austin's Ann and Roy Butler Trail along Lady Bird Lake and is supported in part by the Trail Foundation.