Bike Happy Foundation (Fresnno, CA)

Name

  • Name:Haley White
  • Title:Campaign Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bike Happy Foundation
  • Address:7676 N Palm Ave #104
    Fresnno, CA 93711
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:559-437-3900

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Bike Happy Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization.Our goal is to educate, encourage and promote bicycling as a mode of transportation for people of all ages through a wide range of messages and mediums; to create and disseminate materials that support bicycle-friendly communities; to develop and execute events and event planning resources to support bicycle-friendly communities; and to generate sponsorships and execute fundraisers to fund these efforts. We value the earth, our community, safety, health, and happiness. We believe that biking equals joy.

  • Overview:
  • Although our organization is active year-round, we focus the majority of our energy and resources toward planning events and offering rider incentives during National Bike Month in May. Our theory is, by making bike-riding ‘special’ for 31 days out of the year, we can attract new riders who might not otherwise think to use their bikes outside of occasional recreational use. By getting new riders to participate in the month-long event, we also hope to instill long-lasting, life-altering habits people can incorporate into their daily routines long after the excitement of Bike Month is over. Some of our events during bike month include the Mall to Mall ride, Bike to Work Day, and the Million Mile Challenge. We partner with other local businesses and organizations to put on many of our events, helping to stimulate our local economy while connecting community members, reducing carbon emissions, improving local air quality, and encouraging healthy living.
    One of the primary goals of the Bike Happy Foundation is to bring recognition and business to already-existing bike shops and bike-related organizations in our community. In the past, we have teamed up with groups like the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition, events like Catacomb Party and the Clovis Farmers Market, and shops like Sunnyside Bicycles to put on free events and/or offer free bike valet to the citizens of Fresno County. We also connect outside organizations to one other, such as when we linked the Fresno Grizzlies with Rubber Soul Bicycles so that the pair could host a “Ride to the Park” day for local baseball fans. We know the more we interact with other established groups, the more it only serves to strengthen our own goals and widen our potential outreach. In future years, we aim to expand our efforts to neighboring counties as well, with hopes of joining together new friends and allies, as well as bringing together a fair majority of like-minded people to help make our collective Central Valley communities greener, healthier, and happier overall.

  • History:
  • In our five years of operation, we have helped to install bike racks throughout the city of Fresno and worked with many community partners to bring free bike valet to local events, ranging from farmer's markets to music festivals to races and rides. During Bike Month, thousands of local riders participate in our Million Mile Challenge, an event where we incentivize their rides with daily prizes, while we collectively all aim to ride a million miles during the month. Prizes are primarily donated by small 'mom-n-pop' type businesses; the arrangement gives them a great way to market their company and gain new, loyal customers.

    With the Mall to Mall Ride, we work with the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition and the Fresno Police Department to give riders a fun opportunity to cruise down Blackstone Avenue, one of Fresno's major thoroughfares, in order to kick off Bike Month. We always have plenty of snacks, beverages, prizes, and camaraderie waiting for everyone at the end of the ride.

    During Bike to Work Day, we partner with multiple organizations to host refueling stations throughout the city for riders who commute to work. Partners last year included Kasier Permanente, REI, Vitamin Shoppe, the Downtown Fresno Partnership, and more. Riders can log their miles that day to compete for individual and group prizes, including shirts, plaques, and bragging rights. In the coming years, we hope to also include a Bike to School Day event among our Bike Month offerings.

    This coming year, we are hoping to expand our outreach to five counties in the Central Valley: Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, and Merced. We can then introduce further competitions to our riders- city vs. city, county vs. county- in hopes for more friendly rivalry, and a broader extension of the good work we're already doing.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:7

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
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