Individual and Group Members

The 52,000 individual and group (clubs, shops) members are the lifeblood of Adventure Cycling Association. We would not exist without their steadfast support. Revenue from memberships allows us to provide many of our essential membership services, and provides additional support for route development and mapping, Adventure Cyclist magazine, this website, and our other online resources such as

Life Members

Life members help provide financial security for the future of Adventure Cycling Association. The funds from over 1,900 life memberships are restricted to provide long-term support for the association. In the past, Life Member funds have helped us purchase our headquarters building and rennovate it, saving our organization thousands of dollars in interest payments.

Corporate Supporters

Our corporate supporters are companies that believe in what we do and want to offer special assistance through a higher level of support. Corporate Membership funds go toward special projects and to help launch special programs and projects.


During fiscal year 2012, members donated over $663,687 to support our programs. In addition to individual donations, Adventure Cycling Association also received significant support in the form of grants. Below is the list of grants received in fiscal year 2012.

  • AASHTO's Center for Environmental Excellence: $5,000
  • New Belgium Brewing: $5,000
  • The Lazar Foundation: $10,000
  • First Interstate Bank: $2,500

Please see our annual reports for more information about our supporters and donors. Without them, we would not have made such great headway toward inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.

In-kind Donations

Adventure Cycling Association is a recipient of a Google Grant award.

The Google Grants program supports organizations sharing Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.

Designed for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, Google Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program harnessing the power of Google AdWords advertising product. Google Grants has awarded AdWords advertising to hundreds of non-profit groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education.

Partners & Sponsors

We work closely with other associations and corporations who support our mission.

Here are our current national partners:

  • AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials): AASHTO is made up of state departments of transportation, convened a Task Force on U.S. Bicycle Routes in 2003 with the vision of creating a national system of interstate bicycle routes that connect urban, suburban, and rural areas, including scenic destinations and transportation hubs. The AASHTO Board of Directors approved the plan in 2008 and states began the implementation process. Learn more about the U.S. Bicycle Route System and see the National Corridor Plan for up-to-date information on route development.
  • National Park Service: The National Park Service has provided funding for routes that complement national scenic trails, such as the Tidewater Potomac Heritage Bicycle Route (which lies within a portion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor). The NPS is also a resource for the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. 
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management: This governmental entity was an invaluable resource during development of our Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, much of which runs through BLM and other public lands.
  • USDA Forest Service: Along with the BLM, this agency assisted greatly with development of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Individual national forests in Oregon, West Virginia, and Wyoming have also partnered with us to produce mountain biking maps.


Many wonderful people devote thousands of volunteer hours each year to help us inspire more people to travel by bicycle. We couldn't accomplish everything we do without such wonderful volunteers!

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