Announced earlier this month, Bikepacking Roots’ BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant is a new program that’s designed to help empower BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals by helping reduce the unique barriers many members of those communities face to getting out on bicycle adventures. These barriers include finances, equipment, confidence, backcountry experience, backcountry camping skills, and physical access to bikepacking routes, among others. As Bikepacking Roots puts it, “This is a small step that we can take in light of the reality that racism creates inequitable access to outdoor experiences.”
Grantees will receive support in the form of travel stipends, workshop/class participation fees, equipment stipends, and/or gear donated by Bikepacking Roots’ outdoor industry partners. Rather than having a strict checklist of requirements or expectations about the form a trip should take, Bikepacking Roots will let applicants define what adventure means to them.
- Awards can be used to help fund destination trips or for the recipient to develop cycling- or camping-related skills through participating in skills clinics or workshops, attending the Bikepacking Roots Teton Rendezvous, or for tuition to a relevant program that helps build bike adventure experience, skills, and confidence.
- Awards may include some combination of gear, a gear stipend, and/or a travel stipend.
- Applicants will define what adventure means to them.
- Bikepacking Roots will put out a call for applications later this month.
- 100% of contributions to the program (after transaction fees) will go to grant recipients.
Contribute to the BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant
As of June 8th, Bikepacking Roots has already raised $14,000 to support BIPOC riders. Today, they’re calling on everyone in the cycling community for whom “adventure by bike” has resonance to help expand the program and make adventure more accessible for BIPOC riders by making a donation. All donors will automatically become free members of Bikepacking Roots and 100% of donations (after transaction fees) will go directly to support grant recipients. Learn more or make a donation over at BikepackingRoots.org.
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