Ride for Major Taylor
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Join us on a scenic tour of Seattle for the THIRD annual Ride for Major Taylor!
Ride for Major Taylor is a pledge ride to support the Major Taylor Project. Come ride with us Saturday, April 29, on a 24-mile journey through West Seattle, Delridge, Burien, Seatac and White Center. Pledge your support while you explore these culturally rich and diverse communities, and ride with the Major Taylor students.
Can't make the ride but still want to support the Major Taylor Project?
The Major Taylor Project
The Major Taylor Project is a year-round, youth development cycling program 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. The Major Taylor Project currently serves eight schools in Seattle and two in Tacoma. Learn more about the Major Taylor Project in this short video.
About the Communities
Delridge: The Delridge neighborhood is located on the eastern side of West Seattle. The area is cradled between two ridges: Camp Long and Puget Ridge. The Delridge neighborhood has a long history of many different ethnic groups forming a just-get-it-done attitude. Residents pride themselves on a strong work ethic. Whether it is long shifts at the steel plant or back-breaking work cleaning up Camp Long, you will find a deep sense of satisfaction. The Major Taylor Project and Chief Sealth High School have operated in partnership since 2011.
Burien: Since its incorporation in 1993, Burien has been busy defining and redesigning itself as a vibrant King County city. Its residents see Burien, a 100-year-old community with a rich heritage, as a friendly community with well-established neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere. The Major Taylor Project and Burien’s Highline High School have operated in partnership since 2011.
Seatac: The City of SeaTac incorporated on February 28, 1990. The city is approximately 10 square miles located halfway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma with a population of about 25,000. Military Road was originally part of the Fort Steilacoom-Fort Bellingham military road, and was built to facilitate travel between the forts. The rugged unpaved road was constructed between 1853 and 1860 and has remained a principal road for decades. Two Native American canoes, the oldest of which is estimated to be up to 300 years old, were discovered at the bottom of Angle Lake, discovered by William Westlake Walker in 1989-1990 while scuba diving. Duwamish and Mukleshoot tribal people had utilized the area since ancient times. The SeaTac area was traversed by Native American groups traveling between saltwater shorelines and the interior. The Major Taylor Project and Seatac’s Global Connections High School have operated in partnership since 2009.
White Center: White Center is a unique community of approximately 32,000 people located now throughout two jurisdictions: unincorporated King County, and the city of Seattle. White Center has the distinct characteristics of an historic streetcar-era suburb, and has retained most of the original buildings constructed during 1912-1933. During WWII, White Center garnered the nickname Rat City. The possible origins of this name are diverse. The local wartime military establishment was called the Reserve Army Training Center or the Recruitment and Training Center, depending on who tells the story. The Major Taylor Project and White Center’s YES! Foundation have operated in partnership since 2009.