Blue Water Ramble proceeds (after operating expenses) go to cycling causes.

As of 2017, Clinton River Riders have given over $133,355 to cycling causes over the years.

2017 Supported Causes:

Back Alley Bikes:  Back Alley Bikes is a 501(c)3 non-profit community bike shop, which has been operating in the Cass Corridor for 15 years.  Our mission is to provide cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices and community access.  We work to achieve this mission by offering a variety of educational programs, volunteer training & opportunities, as well as rides and other types of support related to cycling education, materials, and resources.

League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB): LMB is a full time bicycle advocacy group of professionals looking out for bicycling interests, keeping the roads open to bicyclists and working to establish a more informed government and public. They work towards:

·         Improved facilities (such as bicycle lanes and paved shoulders)

·         Acceptance of responsible bicyclists as legitimate road users

·         Education of bicyclists and motorists

·         Representation of bicycling issues within all levels of government

·         Legislation that protects the rights of bicyclists, is effective and properly enforced.

The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP) - Velodrome Maintenance and Equipment: The IVBP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all monies administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester through the Mike Walden Velodrome Fund. The IVBP was paid for by private donations, built by volunteers from the cycling community, was given to the city of Rochester Hills, and is operated daily throughout the summer by a crew of dedicated volunteers. The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP) is located in Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is the only bicycle racing track of its kind in North America. The IVBP is an outdoor, 1/8 mile / 200 M oval with banking from 13 degrees to 44 degrees. There are classes or programs or racing every day during the summer season and open riding whenever the track is dry.

Polly Ann Trail:  The Polly Ann Trail is a 14.2 mile long, non-motorized trail located in Oakland County Michigan in suburban Detroit.  The trail connects the communities of Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township, and the Village of Leonard. Our popular linear park utilizes the abandoned P.O. & N. railroad corridor, and transverses through some of the most beautiful untouched landscape in northern Oakland County.

Macomb Orchard Trail:  This hike and bike path is a 24-mile linear park that starts at 24 Mile Road and Dequindre in Shelby Township and travels northeast to the City of Richmond. This trail will link to 180 miles of trails in southeast Michigan.

Mt. Clemens Public Library:  Funds donated to the library were earmarked for media that is cycling related, to education and encourage the public in these interests and pursuits.  The library also provides space to the Clinton River Riders for monthly meetings at no cost.

PEAC: Programs To Educate All Cyclists - Tandem program and Education program:  PEAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan and our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation, and self-advocacy education. We believe that biking and alternative modes of transportation play a critical role in increasing community access, fostering social involvement & self-esteem, and promoting healthy lifestyles among individuals with disabilities.

Variety Club: Bikes are most often an integral part of our youth, but for some kids in our community, the prospect of owning a bike is only a dream. For the past 14 years, through the generosity of its supporters, Variety has made that dream a reality for these wonderful and deserving children, providing bikes to hundreds of needy kids, as well as specially-adapted bikes for special needs children.

Boy Scouts of America:  The Boy Scouts encourage outdoor activities including cycling and related causes such as donating use of a large tent at the Blue Water Ramble each year.

Clinton River Trail:  The Clinton River Trail is a rail-trail that extends across 16 miles of Oakland County, Michigan, through suburban, urban and rural portions of Detroit's northern suburbs.

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Supported Causes 2017