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The Major Taylor Project

September 20

Named after African-American world champion cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, the Major Taylor Project (MTP) empowers youth through bicycling. In after-school bicycling clubs MTP students explore their communities, build confidence and leadership skills, and discover their power to effect change.

During the summer months, many MTP students go further than they thought possible — testing their skills, experience, and perseverance — by biking 206 miles from Seattle to Portland on the annual STP.

What we do

  • Offer weekly bike rides after school so students can explore their community
  • Deliver bicycle safety and maintenance education
  • Provide opportunities to elevate youth voices and inspire students to advocate for change in their community
  • Expose students to various cycling disciplines, including: touring, urban riding, track racing, mountain biking, and cyclocross racing
  • Offer an eight-week Build-a-Bike program to increase ownership of bikes
  • Provide training opportunities for students to prepare for Cascade events

Who we serve

The Major Taylor Project reaches more than 500 youth annually in middle and high schools in central and south King County and in Pierce County. In these areas, residents speak over 70 languages and represent over 80 nationalities. Our club locations are intentionally established to reach youth in underserved neighborhoods.


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