Advocacy

Singletrack Academy was born as an educational arm of the Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists organization in Rochester, NY. It taught mountain biking skills, trail etiquette, and brought awareness to advocacy and stewardship issues surrounding mountain biking and multi-use trail systems. Today, Singletrack Academy as an independent business, carries on this tradition with every program it teaches. We are proud of our history and how it has helped shape the mountain biking culture in this area.
Below is additional information about GROC as well as other local and international organizations that benefit our cycling community here in Rochester. Please consider supporting these organizations with donations, memberships, and possibly your time. If you would like to learn more about each organization, click on their logo's to go to their websites.

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Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

Mission Statement

A nonprofit organization promoting off-road bicycling in the Greater Rochester community to enhance the quality of life for everyone.

What is Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists?

Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists (GROC) is a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), covering the upper Genesee Valley region of New York State. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name GROC Gives, Inc.

Since 2004, GROC has been the leading voice for mountain bikers and other off-road cyclists in our region. Our volunteer Board of Directors and members are committed to:

  • Expanding access to sustainable, shared use trails and bike facilities
  • Educating riders and other members of the public on responsible trail use
  • Inspiring more people to get involved in off-road cycling

GROC is an inclusive organization, helping the entire community reap the health, fitness, environmental, educational, and economic benefits of this sport.

Rochester Community Bikes

Mission Statement

To meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions.

What is Rochester Community bikes?

R Community Bikes is a grassroots, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to the Rochester, NY area's most needy children and adults.

For this segment of the population, both quality of life and the ability to participate in our community are greatly enhanced when our mission is achieved. R Community Bikes also provides a venue for the Rochester bicycling community to conduct educational programs relative to bicycle safety and maintenance.

We are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our warehouse at 226 Hudson Ave. (at the intersection with Woodbury Street). Bike give-aways take place only on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the warehouse beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition, we perform bike repairs, free of charge, daily at the shop, and in the summer at four off-site locations.

We welcome donations of bikes, bike parts, tools and money to cover expenses such as spare parts. We are always in need of volunteers to serve as mechanics and a variety of other positions. We provide the necessary training.

 

International Mountain Bicycling Association

Mission Statement

To create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.

What is IMBA?

IMBA is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association that has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA's staff, chapters, clubs and members work to benefit the entire mountain bike community.

  • They create a powerful voice for trails, public lands and management policies that welcome bikes.
  • They  advocate for mountain bike access and acceptance nationwide.
  • They build sustainable trails and bike facilities to make mountain biking more accessible.
  • They teach environmentally responsible trail building and trail etiquette practices.
  • They inspire more people to experience the outdoors on bicycles.
  • They educate bike groups on how to organize and make mountain biking better at the local level.