The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia relies on individuals who make our region a better place to bike through their own private philanthropy. Without them, the success we’ve attained through collective advocacy might fade and our programming efforts could fall behind.
These individuals set the pace.
We salute their generosity and the reasons they choose to invest in better bicycling for us all.
“I support the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia because cycling is a key to access and opportunity. Philadelphia has so much to offer, and a bike is the great equalizer – it has the power to get people out of their cars and into the community, to get people out of their neighborhoods and into corridors of business and beauty. It better connects people to their own well-being, job opportunities, nature, and our civic life. The Coalition knows how to advocate for safer cycling and greater access for us all. I don’t ride a bike much myself, but I invest in the Coalition because of what it provides for everyone.”
– Omar T. Woodard
“I love to ride for many reasons. I think it’s the best exercise there is. It’s good for me psychologically, allowing me to take my mind of all of the cacophony in the news media that can make keeping informed so depressing. It’s also a great way to make friends. But in terms of ‘giving back,’ satisfying the altruistic impulse that can make life worth living, my work at the Bicycle Coalition is a kind of spiritual pursuit. I have found that working with the Coalition not only makes riding safer for me personally but also makes life better for all other riders. I have four grown children, all of whom live in the Philadelphia area and all of them ride on a regular basis. The Coalition has made them safer.
There have been some very visible improvements in the biking scene in Philadelphia. The Boardwalk from the South Street Bridge to the Schuylkill Banks trail and the Manayunk Bridge Trail come to mind. But other projects that are not so visible are even more important. The Vision Zero program is really making progress this year. The Coalition’s Executive Director Sarah Clark Stuart is one of the prime movers on this project. Vision Zero is based on the premise that there are no such things as accidents and that every bicycle-related injury is preventable.”
“I’m a donor to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia – and bicycle organizations all over the country – because of the fabulous work they’re doing in the region for casual cyclists, commuters, and trail riders alike. I love the camaraderie, the volunteers, and the politics that drives the Bicycle Coalition and other organizations around the country.”
“It is a privilege to describe why the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia is unique to me, and why my Law Firm, Piscitello Law, remains a proud corporate sponsor. Perhaps the greatest overlap of mission and passion for me can be found within the Cadence Youth Cycling (CYC) Program, an innovative program within the Coalition.
When I learned that the CYC was to merge with the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, I was intrigued with the opportunities to leverage the best of both organizations. By the summer of 2014, Piscitello Law hosted a local event to introduce the Cadence Youth Cycling program within the new framework of the Bicycle Coalition. We were happy to be part of this change from the beginning. More recently, my Law Firm was honored to host a June, 2016 celebration of a Cadence Youth Cycling athlete who won a competitive Gates Scholarship.
I could not have been more proud of this young individual, Allen Williams, an outstanding example of someone who utilized his experience in the Cadence Cycling program to create positive personal experiences and solid academic opportunities ahead. Young people like Allen are the very reason why I remain so proud to promote the CYC program and to support the foundation which is it’s home, the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia.”