What We Do

What we stand for

In June of 2013, Cycles for Change began re-evaluating our organization’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. Thanks to a grant from the Management Improvement Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, C4C was able to work with consultant and long-time C4C supporter Anne Carroll, who guided C4C board, staff, program participants, youth, and neighbors in a robust process of identifying a set of strategic goals and organizational values. We changed our mission and vision statements to more clearly and strongly reflect our organization’s vision and direction. And we set out a set of goals that will guide us in the next 5 years. Here’s what we came up with!

Cycles for Change loves volunteers! Help us keep our programs free and open to the public by volunteering with us. Email [email protected] with your volunteer interests.

Mission

Our mission is to build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists.

Vision

Cycles for Change envisions a Twin Cities region where

  • Everyone has access to a bicycle, tools, and knowledge to ride safely and confidently
  • Bicycling has transformed the streets and paths of the Twin Cities into places where everyone feels safe and connected to their community
  • Bicycle-friendly communities make jobs, education, and economic mobility available to all
  • Bicycling helps people live healthy, empowered lives
  • Racial and gender equity is a cornerstone of our transportation system

Values

  • Equity and justice in the bicycling movement
  • Innovation in our thinking and in our work
  • Collaboration with our stakeholders in all we do
  • Empowerment of individuals and communities to reach their goals

Goals and Key Strategies

Cycles for Change is a trusted community resource

  • Work toward racial justice in organizational systems and structures
  • Strengthen connections with neighborhoods that surround the shop
  • Deepen organizational accountability systems and communicate them effectively
  • Partner with other nonprofits and community organizations sharing similar goals and values

Our participants are healthy, mobile, and community connected

  • Support community members to see bicycles as a tool for health and mobility
  • Deliver bicycle access and education programs that match the needs, experiences, and perspectives of our participants
  • Support participants to connect with each other and their communities
  • Connect participants with engagement and leadership opportunities

Our participants advance equity in the bicycling movement

  • Build a network of participant and volunteer advocates working for equity and justice
  • Connect participants with engagement and leadership opportunities
  • Participate in collaborative advocacy efforts

The cycling community reflects our community’s diversity

  • Deliver effective bicycle access and education programming that engages underrepresented communities
  • Train participants as leaders and educators promoting biking in their communities
  • Expand our impact to reach more people
  • Support other nonprofits to deliver our bicycle programs
  • Support program graduates to continue bicycling long term

Cycles for Change is financially stable

  • Build a broad and diverse funding base
  • Increase earned and unrestricted income
  • Engage staff, board, and participants in building financial sustainability
  • Provide fee-based services to efforts that align with our goals

Cycles for Change has a high-performing board and staff

  • Diversify board and staff leadership to include women and people of color
  • Increase retention of skilled and dedicated staff members
  • Continually improve staff management and board governance
  • Enhance board capacity to leverage  resources and networks

If you have any specific questions, feel free to email [email protected].