Supporting Young Riders

We are committed to supporting young riders by giving them the resources needed so they can discover the adventure and joy of riding on trails and roads. We have funded scholarships for participants in Little Bellas programs, and Catamount Family Center mountain bike programs. We've also supported individual riders with race expenses, travel costs, and equipment, and RTF has supported the UVM Cycling Team.

Educational and Advocacy Programs

In addition to encouraging our young people to get involved with cycling, we want to keep them safe when they are out on the roads. We fundraise to support educational and advocacy programs to advance the cause of safe roads for all who use them. We work closely with Local Motion, a Vermont organization that promotes bike safety.

Local Motion

We are proud to be a lead sponsor of Local Motion’s “Streets for Everyone” program. The program advocates for building local campaigns for safer streets and roads. Additionally, Local Motion (LM) conducts a program called “Bike Smart” through which they transport bicycles to elementary schools throughout Vermont to teach children safe riding practices and for some children, to introduce them for the first time to the joy and freedom experienced when riding a bike.

We created a sign that will be prominently displayed on the LM trailer with a strong message to drivers who will see it on the road. Your donations helped to fund the creation of this sign which will remind drivers to yield to cyclists. This can save a life!

Making Vermont Roads Safe For Everyone

RTF directly supports Local Motion who works with the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and VTrans to prevent tragedies such as Richard’s. Our common goal is to develop legislation that will protect vulnerable users of the road through changes in driving laws, increased enforcement and infrastructure enhancements.

Green Mountain Bicycle Club

GMBC supports the Annual Richard Tom Ride and the Annual Kids Criterium by volunteering their time to help with all aspects of these events. RTF depends on volunteers to make these events possible. You can also find bike safety information from RTF in the GMBC newsletters and the RTF logo on their jerseys. RTF and GMBC work together and share resources to make our roads safer for everyone.

Our Partners

Our Partners help us achieve our mission. Please join us in supporting their efforts and carrying on Richard's legacy!