Major Taylor Project
Empowering underserved youth through cycling by promoting positive physical, emotional and social development
Bicycling provides young people with the means to explore their neighborhoods and the neighborhoods beyond. The Major Taylor Project promotes cycling as a form of exercise, recreation, and transportation.
Who Was Major Taylor?
Marshall "Major" Taylor was the first African American professional cyclist. Born in 1878, Major Taylor's professional racing career spanned 13 years and included the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. He remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity and continues to be a source of inspiration to all athletes.
Students participate and explore various forms of cycling, including touring, urban riding, velodrome racing, mountain biking, and cyclocross racing. Students also have opportunities to volunteer at Cascade events, and complete Cascade's 206-mile Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. The ten-week Spring curriculum consists of weekly rides and lessons on road safety, traffic laws, nutrition, map-reading, route design, stretching, and the impact of cycling in their communities. Students may also participate in the six-week Earn-A-Bike maintenance course offered in the Fall and Spring. All club locations are designed to serve underserved youth in low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
MTP is currently running five afterschool bike clubs in low income neighborhoods in and around South King County.
Major Taylor Director