In 2023 the Florida Freewheelers donated over $37,000 to various cycling-related causes.
A donation of $3,500 was made to the Florida Bicycle Association, $3,000 in donations to
the League of American Bicyclists, and $1,000 to Rails-to-Trails to continue their work
advocating for cyclists at both the state and federal levels. The club also donated $1,000 to
support the America Bicycling Education Association in their support of bicycling advocacy and
education efforts like CyclingSavvy.
A donation $2,000 each was made to the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance and the SORBA
Orlando organizations that promote cycling and trail development in the Central Florida area. A
donation of $3,250 was made to Bike Walk Central Florida in support their efforts to promote
cycling, their Bike 5 event and their Rollin’ & Strollin’ event put on with OBTNext.
The club donated hundreds of children’s helmets to Suwannee County Sheriff’s Department
(where the Florida Bicycle Safari is held) and the Minneola Charter School (where the Horrible
Hundred is held). The club also donated helmets to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Central
Florida in support their iCan Bike event and to the Silver Pines Academy in Orange County.
New bike locks were provided to the Rescue Outreach Commission to give to needy people
along with a reconditioned bicycle provided by Rusty’s Bicycle Recycle.
The club bought and donated two Bike Fixit Stations that were installed by the Lake County
personnel at the Green Mountain and Highland Lakes Trailheads.
The Freewheelers sponsored teams for the the CF Cycle for Life which benefits the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation and the 2024 Tour de Cure benefiting the American Diabetes Association.
The club also sponsored the New Hope for Kids in support of their Christmas Kids Ride.
The club donated about 80 new bicycles to needy school children this year. Twenty were
provide to children via the New Hope for Kids organization and the remainder were provided
through the Seminole County Public Schools during the Christmas holidays. Along with these
bikes, new helmets, locks and pumps were also provided.
In addition to making these charitable donations, our club members received many related
benefits as well. All new members received a free one-year memberships to the Florida Bicycle
Association. They also received free one-memberships to the League of American Bicyclists and
the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance organizations. And finally, members were able to
participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, New Hope for Kids Christmas Ride, and 2024
Tour de Cure for free and/or significantly reduced donation minimums. Add up all these benefits,
and it far exceeds the annual FFW membership fee!
If you know of a worthy cycling-related cause that might benefit from a donation from our club,
please contact the club’s Charitable Causes Committee. Our guiding principles used in the selection are
(1) cycling relevant, (2) local benefit, (3) promotes the club, (4) member benefit, and (5) supports our sponsors.