We acknowledge that individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) do not have enough representation on BIKEPACKING.com. To help change the face of bikepacking and empower aspiring BIPOC writers and creatives, we’ve developed the Bikepacking Collective Routes Access Fund.

In recognition of the immense value that diverse perspectives add to BIKEPACKING.com and the broader bikepacking community, the Access Fund is specifically for BIPOC individuals who have an interest in riding or developing bikepacking routes, or building a bikepacking community program. Given the unique obstacles these groups face due to generations of systemic racism and inequitable access to the outdoors, we’re committed to elevating BIPOC voices through inclusivity in route creation, storytelling, and knowledge sharing within this website, The Bikepacking Journal, and our social community.

In developing this fund, we’ve allocated $10,000 from Bikepacking Collective membership dues, aligned several gear partners, and are inviting brands and our readers to help grow the fund by making donations below, 100% of which will go directly to awardees. Within this fund are three initiatives:

  • BIPOC Ride & Report Fund
  • BIPOC ROUTE DESIGN FUND
  • BIPOC Community Fund

Grants are available for BIPOC individuals who are interested in riding any existing BIKEPACKING.com route(s) and sharing their experience to inspire future riders, whether that’s working with our team to publish writing and photography, creating artwork, shooting a short video, designing a zine, being interviewed on our YouTube channel, etc. Support will come in the form of funding for trip-related expenses, including travel, gear, and daily needs while out on the route. Actual award amounts will depend on need and trip scope, but selected grantees should expect money to go toward riding a route of their choice. Based on need and availability, recipients may also receive a selection of essential bikepacking and camping gear from our outdoor industry partners.

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As part of our larger Bikepacking Collective Routes Fund, we'd like to develop and support original bikepacking routes from BIPOC route designers. These could be overnight adventures close to home, weekend routes, or larger routes that span regions or continents. Through the BIPOC Route Design Fund, we’ll provide grants for trip-related expenses, plus a substantial investment of time and resources to help create guides and publish selected routes.

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We want to support BIPOC-led programs and projects that help promote cycling, bikepacking and the outdoors in BIPOC communities. These initiatives might include regularly scheduled group rides, youth bikepacking and camping events, or skills workshops, etc. We’d love to hear your ideas, and encourage organizers who are in need of some financial support to launch or expand an event or program to fill out the form below. Although we won’t be able to support every proposal, there’s a chance we can connect you with a brand or organization in our network that can help.

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