Major Taylor Project
Empowering under-served youth through cycling by promoting positive physical, emotional and social development
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) is a year-round, youth development cycling program produced by the Cascade Bicycle Club Diversity and Inclusion department, integrating bicycling, healthy living, bicycle maintenance, road safety awareness, and the importance of working toward individual goals. MTP is focused on introducing youth from diverse communities to the recreation of cycling and creating an inclusive culture of bicycling that will continue to future generations.
Bicycling provides young people with the means to explore their neighborhoods — and the neighborhoods beyond. The Major Taylor Project promotes cycling as a form of exercise, recreation, and transportation.
Who Was Major Taylor?
Marshall "Major" Taylor was the first African American professional cyclist. Born in 1878, Major Taylor's professional racing career spanned 13 years and included the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. He remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity and continues to be a source of inspiration to all athletes.
What we do
Students participate and explore various forms of cycling, including touring, urban riding, track racing, mountain biking, and cyclocross racing. Students also have opportunities to volunteer at Cascade events, and complete Cascade's 206-mile Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. The twelve-week Spring curriculum consists of weekly rides and lessons on road safety, traffic laws, nutrition, map-reading, route design, stretching, and the impact of cycling in their communities. Students may also participate in the six-week Earn-A-Bike maintenance course offered in the winter months. All club locations are designed to serve underserved youth in low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Who we work with
MTP is currently running five afterschool bike clubs in low income neighborhoods in and around South King County.
- Global Connections High School, Seatac, WA – 77% of all reporting students receive free or reduced lunch
- YES Foundation of White Center in partnership with Evergreen High School Community Schools Collaboration, White Center, WA – 63-73% of all reporting students are on free or reduced lunch
- Sand Point Transitional Housing, Seattle, WA – Provides over 94 homeless families with transitional housing units
- Chief Sealth High School, Seattle, WA – 54.5% of all reporting students receive free or reduced lunch
Highline High School, Burien, WA – 64.6% of all reporting students receive free or reduced lunch