Activities of previous

BikeFest Grant Recipients.


Triangle Bike Works

The Tarwheels have used funds raised from our annual BikeFest event to support the great work of the Triangle Bikeworks for the past several years.   Founder and executive director, Kevin Hicks recently sent along a video presenting “the wonderful opportunities you’re affording the teens in our area”.   

Now, that’s an inspiring presentation.  

Kevin recently wrote: Things are going good. In the middle of recruiting youth for the summer tour and a new program called SpokenRev Excursions where we’ll take middle school youth on 3 day tours around the Triangle and the Piedmont. We’re also getting ready for our annual Ice Cream Social and Bike Ride on June 2.

Want to do more to help this great work in our community?  The Bikeworks is looking for volunteers to serve as Ride Leaders and Board Members for 2019.

Durham Bike Coop

The Durham Bicycle Cooperative (the Co-op) is an all-volunteer, non-profit community bicycle project. Started by local bicycling enthusiasts in 2007, the Co-op operates a repair facility in buildings owned by Durham Parks and Recreation. Members are able to use the shop, tools, stands, and collection of speciality tools to repair bikes.  During the Sunday afternoon Repair Session assistance from volunteer mechanics is available to help members learn how to make repairs. (Volunteer mechanics are always welcome!) The shop is also open Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM.

The Co-op partners with Safe Kids Durham to purchase, fit, and distribute free bicycle helmets to children and needy adults.  Since 2017 the Carolina Tarwheels have awarded the DBC funds for the helmet program and expanded the safety accessories the Co-op gives away to provide lights, locks, and reflective vests.  With funding from the Tarwheels and other donors in 2018 the Co-op was able to distribute 438 youth helmets, 38 adult helmets, 84 light sets, 54 youth locks, 43 U-locks and 36 reflective vests. These items were distributed during work sessions at the shop and by members participating in a variety community events such as Earth Day, Head Start Safety Day, National Night Out, North East Central Durham Play Streets, and bike events organized by  the Durham County Public Library System

Bridge II Sports Adaptive Cycling Program

I wanted to thank the Carolina Tarwheels for your support of the Adaptive Cycling program at Bridge II Sports.  We will be starting our 2020 Season in April and I am in the process of recruiting volunteers that would be willing to captain a tandem for our participates that are visually impaired.   We will be hosting rides twice per month on either the American Tobacco Trail or the Neuse River Trail. Rides are typically 15 – 20 miles. We are also planning to participate in the Tarwheels BikeFest on August 10th.  Below is a schedule of ride dates.    If you are interested in volunteering contact me at or 919 961-4386.

Valor Games Southeast is an introductory competition for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities. This event is sponsored by Bridge2Sports and they need volunteers to serve as a pit crew for the cycling event on 23 May 2019 at Lake Crabtree to help get athletes fitted and fix any minor problems, particularly on the equipment that is being shared. This is a time trial race. Each cyclist has a pre-assigned start time and is expected to be ready to start at that time. The start times are typically one per minute (e.g. 8:30 am, 8:31 am, 8:32 am…)


Bike Safety Classes     

Jennifer McDuffie

Bike Safety Classes for 4th graders in Durham public schools.


Organization                   Project                                                 

Triangle BikeWorks          Development Coordinator                   

Happy Tooth Foundation   Summer Camp                                     

Durham Bike Co-op Bicycle   Safety Accessories                             

Bridge 2 Sports                 Tandem Bike for blind cyclist                

Partnership to End Homelessness Bike parts                                          

Special Olympics of Orange County Bikes and equipment