From Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, this month’s Get Involved flagship organization:
Ghisallo cycling initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011 with programs in Austin and San Antonio. The name “Ghisallo” comes from the patron saint of cycling, Madonna del Ghisallo. We envision a community of comfortable and confident lifelong cyclists and our mission is to enable historically underserved populations to access their interests by bicycle.
Ghisallo has three programmatic divisions segmented by age group:
- Cycle Academy (https://cycleacademy.org) aims to enable young people to become self-reliant and confident cyclists who have the skills and knowledge to use their bikes for transport without depending on adults. With a focus on exploration, navigation and transportation, we create the opportunity for young people to explore and connect with their communities, learn how to navigate and access the city, and use their bikes to get to the park, the pool, their friends’ house and school.
- City Cyclist (https://citycyclist.org) caters to adults as well as the general public (families, all ages) and includes group rides, clinics, events and community programs.
- Golden Rollers (https://goldenrollers.org) is geared toward seniors, seniors, and people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Riders primarily use upright and recumbent tricycles to experience high-quality physical activity, access the outdoors, and reduce isolation and loneliness.
We hire: Ghisallo is seeking an enthusiastic Team Leader in Austin to support our staff, clients, programs and projects in Austin. Expected start date May 2022. Full details available at
Volunteers: Contact us about volunteering to support our Cycle Academy youth programs (summer bike clubs are coming soon!), Golden Rollers tricycle programming and City Cyclist adult rides. In addition, we can use volunteer support for Bike to Work Day (May 20) and Bike to School Day (May 4). https://ghisallo.org/volunteer/
Ghisallo organizes various events and activities during the May Bike Month:
- Bike to School Day on May 4: Ghisallo distributes over 100 bikes to various AISD schools during Earth Week, and additionally supports students who cycle to school with instructor-led rides and scholarships to encourage students to cycle to school.
- Bike to Work Day May 20: Ghisallo recruits gas stations and leads coordinated group rides in different geographies around the city, leading to Texas Coffee Traders along the Lance Armstrong Bike Trail and celebration at the citywide at City Hall.
- We Bike Wednesdays at Texas Coffee Traders, 7:30-9 a.m. every Wednesday in May – free coffee and snacks for those who cycle by.
- Urban Roots Farm Share bike deliveries – Each week, Ghisallo staff will deliver 25 farm shares to food-insecure families in East Austin – all by bike.
- Langford Elementary School Bikecamp Overnight at Mckinney Falls State Park
Langford Primary School Bike Parade: Working with Langford Elementary over the past six years, hosting programs, clinics, weekend rides and more, we’ve developed a relationship focused on expanding opportunities for biking and outdoor recreation. for kids. We have a full range of bike services with the school including bike clubs, BikeStart (learn to ride), bike skills challenge, community bike shop, weekend community rides and this year a Bikecamping Overnight trip. We recently facilitated the installation of Pump Track and Flow Track on campus, and cycling is now integrated into the school day with select classes for positive behavior and academic outcomes for participating students. We will be celebrating School Bike Day and a bike parade on Friday May 13th at Langford Elementary School.