Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cyclists and Giving Tuesday: How & Where to Give


Welcome back from Thanksgiving! I'm digging out holiday decorations at my house - including this favorite that hasn't seen the light of day since I left Connecticut. 

It's Giving Tuesday and I highly recommend you take part if for no other reason to squash the images of people Thunderdoming* at department stores over Thanksgiving Weekend. Here are some places you can give: 

Good Karma Bikes: You can text GoodKarma to 50155 to or use their website to donate to Good Karma Bikes. Also, since it is now December GKB is having a lot of nice promotions: buy one tube get one free, buy a child’s bike and get a free helmet, and if you wear a Good Karma Bikes shirt (which you can buy there as well) when you shop you get a 20% discount on your entire purchase. They are at 460 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose and are open weekdays from 2pm to 6pm, Saturday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition You remember they unveiled their VisionZero toolkit this past summer at their annual summit. Even though creating roads that don’t kill people doesn’t sound like a tall order in a civilized world, it unfortunately is and the more that is done to promote VisionZero the fewer bicycle and pedestrian deaths we’ll have. The link to donate is to SVBC is here. 

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition San Francisco is a special place to bike. So far I’ve only been able to appreciate it in bits and pieces - like the other day when I went to Mission Bicycles and was struck by the work of art that is created each time they make a work of art.


Sadly, I am not the ‘Michael’ the white board is referring to. But let’s give ‘Michael - whoever he is - and everyone else who lives and works in San Francisco better streets for cycling. The donation page for SFBC is right here.


There are too many great cycling-based organizations for me to list but this is where to start. It’s giving Tuesday, so give a little before you mount up. Thanks for reading and thanks for riding.



*I just invented that term. Use it freely.

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