Major Taylor Project
Inspiring and empowering under-served youth through cycling
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) is a year-round, youth development cycling program produced by the Cascade Bicycle Club Education 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 recreational cycling and creating an inclusive culture of bicycling. MTP uses the bicycle to help students expand their worldview and encourages them to explore the agency they have to change themselves and their communities.
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 ride Cascade events, including the Ride for Major Taylor and the 206-mile Seattle to Portland. The spring and fall curriculums consist 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 eight-week Build-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
The Major Taylor Project is currently operating in nine high schools and three middle schools in four school districts in Central and South King County and Tacoma. In these areas, residents speak over 70 languages and represent over 80 nationalities.
- Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment (ACE) High School, SeaTac, WA
- Chief Sealth High School, Seattle, WA
- Denny International Middle School, Seattle, WA
- Foster High School, Tukwila, WA
- Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
- Global Connections High School, Seatac, WA
- Highline High School, Burien, WA
- Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma, WA
- Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
- Mt. Tahoma High School, Tacoma, WA
- Rainier Beach High School, Seattle, WA
- Stewart Middle School, Tacoma, WA
- YES! Foundation of White Center, White Center, WA
Interested in volunteering with the Major Taylor Project? We have many fun, interesting and impactful ways you can help.
Pumping up tires at our bike maintenance parties, afternoon rides with students, weekend events, and riding the Seattle to Portland are all great ways to volunteer. Your involvement is a tremendous help to the students and a great way to understand the work we do.
Volunteer opportunities are listed here. The program thrives because of help from volunteers like you, and we invite you to email [email protected] for more information on specific volunteer opportunities.