Next Steps: Fun and Fundraising!

by Sr. Contributor on December 16, 2011

After several years of advocacy, partnership building, and program development…. it is time for SFUR to take a deep breathe, and shift gears as we enter the next segment of the ride.  The next segment is a long straightaway with a slight incline known as ‘The Fundraising’ stretch. An effort, that if successful, will convert the local cycling communities good will into San Francisco’s first designated ‘world-class’ bike facility. Don’t let the elements get you down, persevere through any pain or hardship you initially feel from this solicitation, SFUR is well worth supporting at this stage of the ride!

Right now we are simply asking for year end donations, as this is the time of year for giving. Since every little bit helps, SFUR will be continually working on fun and interesting ways for its supporters to get involved. One such way is joining the recently launched McLaren Bike Park Founders Club. In the new year SFUR promises to step up our game with more exciting special promotion/fundraising events that can turn fun into money (TBA).

Why is it important to support SFUR?

Over the past couple of years SF Urban Riders has managed to create some great cycling opportunities for riders of all ages and abilities. Taking a moment to reflect,  a few standouts include: providing huge support toward the Interior Greenbelt/Mount Sutro trail system, hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day annually, and working with SFRPD and the community to conceptually plan the McLaren Bike Park. SFUR has managed to produce good results while running on a lean budget. Now things change as SFUR looks to partner with SF Rec & Park on a large scale Capital Improvement project, a.k.a the McLaren Bike Park. Although grants will be applied for (and awarded) for the construction of the bike park, SFUR is responsible for raising funds to pay for much of the design and other documents and permits. That cost could reach $75,000-$100,000 to obtain a world class bike park. A small price for a bike park that will also serve as a venue for a variety of future bike events. It is important to note, that the funds SFUR raises locally is also part of the requirement to leverage the larger construction grants. So it’s time to start!

McLaren Bike Park conceptual design plans

Who is Donating? Specialized Bicycles (w/ Mike’s Bikes of San Francisco) awarded SFUR a Dealer Grant ($5,000) in July 2011,the  Single Speed Cyclo Cross World Championships recently hosted in Golden Gate Park raised $360 in November,  Gamut USA ($1,000) became the first to join the Founders Club just last week. Now we are spreading the news to our members and anyone else who wants to support a positive change in San Francisco’s youth bike culture… and already individuals have started showing their generosity. So far SFUR has raised over $7,500 toward our goal.

How to Participate:

Make secure On-Line donations of any size HERE

If you want to pay by check, please make them out to SF Parks Alliance, and note SF Urban Riders on the check. Mail to: SF Urban Riders c/o Dustin Smith, 221 Warren Dr., San Francisco, CA 94131.

75% goes directly to McLaren Bike Park Design and Development. 20% to the SF Urban Riders general fund for operating costs and youth programs. 5% to SF Parks Alliance, SFUR’s non-profit fiscal host.

For more info contact

Thanks for your continued support. Let’s make San Francisco a better place to learn modern bike skills!

Youth group ride in McLaren Park

TKMBD 2011 Event in McLaren Park








Youth Cycling programs are so much more than riding.




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