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Velo Cruces is a 501(c)(3)

public charity

Transforming Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley into a great bicycle and pedestrian community

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Application requests are temporarily suspended while we apply for grants.

We expect funding around July. Please check back then. If you need other information, you can send an email to ridewgrace@gmail.com.

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RIDE WITH GRACE

Grace Holguin received an adaptive cycle for her 14th birthday. Two weeks later, it was stolen. Through the help of a dedicated officer and the support of her community, Grace got her trike back within days.

Her parents, Velo Cruces, and the State of New Mexico are partnering to pay it forward with the Ride with Grace program.

Read Grace’s story (or watch the CNN report) and donate to this program on the Pay It Forward with Grace GoFundMe campaign.

People with disabilities benefit from cycling. Cycling activities improve joint motion, muscle strength, circulation, cardiovascular health, core development, coordination and balance. Cycling also develops problem solving skills, pre-planning skills, risk awareness, and self-awareness. Cycling creates opportunities to connect with others and fosters a sense of independence for riders.

 

Barriers to obtaining an adaptive cycle include prohibitive cost, lack of local availability and lack of support and guidance as to which cycle or accessory is best suited for a rider’s needs. Every Body Rides with Grace (EBWRG) seeks to draw attention to these barriers and increase accessibility to bike riding for people with disabilities in New Mexico.

 

EBWRG has been awarded $45,000 in grants from the New Mexico Governor’s Quality of Life Grant and the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund. Additionally, we have raised over $7,000 through our Pay it Forward with Grace GoFundMe campaign. 

 

To date, EBWRG has provided 25 cycles to New Mexicans with a broad range of disabilities.

 

EBWRG aims to provide applicants with adaptive cycles, weather covers, locks and helmets. Additionally, the program aims to teach families and cyclists basic cycling safety skills and provide opportunities for awardees to participate in group rides and community events.

 

Recipients and their families are invited back to participate in fun, inclusive community events:

  • EBRWG Annual Adaptive Cycle Parade

  • Family Fun Fiesta Bike Safety Rodeo

  • Monumental Loop Danger Bird Send Off

  • Reduce the Carbon Foot Print Ride

People with disabilities can succeed and participate in their communities in meaningful ways when they have access to the appropriate resources.  Simple modifications, adaptive equipment and technology can make all the difference for a person with disabilities as well as for the people who love and care for them.

We thank you for your support!

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