5 Things You Should Know About Pedal on the Pier

Pedal on the Pier is an event held every year in May or June on the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Thousands of people dedicate their time and money to help raise funds for at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area. Here are five things you should know about the Pedal on the Pier event.

#1 Pedal on the Pier is simply and AMAZING experience
The Pedal on the Pier event each year allows advanced cyclists and novice bikers to come together for a great cause.  With music, entertainment, food, and laughs, Pedal on the Pier provides a fun atmosphere for all those involved.   Celebrity sightings and impromptu dance parties are just part of what makes the event so unforgettable. And, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the pier, participants are able to build their athleticism and test their endurance - all while raising money to support kids in need.

#2.  Pedal on the Pier is part of the Harold Robinson Foundation.
The Harold Robinson Foundation is focused on ensuring that less fortunate children from Los Angeles get to experience the benefits of camp. The foundation strives to create a sense of purpose and accomplishment in each individual, while simultaneously strengthening communities through improved communication and support for schools and families.  The Harold Robinson Foundation is able to provide these services and supporters because of Pedal on the Pier and the generosity of the public.

#3. Pedal on the Pier brings people together.
Pedal on the Pier is a unique fundraising event unlike most charity races or relays out there. The event allows participants to register as a team or as an individual, who is then responsible for riding one of the 100+ stationary bikes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each of the 500+ riders and teams challenge themselves and their endurance as they pedal 100 miles without ever leaving the pier.   Between team fundraising and pedaling for five hours, Pedal on the Pier is sure to bring teams and groups together like never before.

#4. Pedal on the Pier supports two camp programs called Camp Ubuntu
The money raised by Pedal on the Pier helps support Camp Ubuntu.  Created by the Harold Robinson Foundation, Camp Ubuntu enables inner-city children to experience the benefits of camp through two different camp programs. Camp Ubuntu’s flagship program is a school-based camp which brings fourth and fifth grade students from over 20 schools in the Los Angeles area to Los Angeles National Forrest for three-day retreats. The goal of the camp is to give students the tools they need to thrive by giving them leadership training, one-on-one attention, and skills that will help them to stay motivated as they embark on their futures.  The second and newest program offered by Camp Ubuntu is a day camp called Camp Ubuntu Watts. Like most day camps, Camp Ubuntu Watts provides campers with experiences that allow them to participate in a vast range of activities that aim to develop independence and build confidence.  But unlike other camps, Camp Ubuntu Watts takes place at Markham Middle School in Watts, which is an area of Los Angeles notorious for having one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. Camp Ubuntu Watts runs five days a week for six weeks, and each day provides 100 children with sports, arts, and enrichment activities in a safe environment that the children might not otherwise have access to. Camp Ubuntu Watts aims to not only build friendships among campers, but also to build greater community among the families and neighborhoods in the area. Both Camp Ubuntu programs are huge expenditures that wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of events like Pedal on the Pier.

#5. Pedal on the Pier is a stepping-stone to changing the lives of kids in the LA area.
Pedal on the Pier is a fun and powerful experience for those who all who donate, pedal, and support the event, but more importantly it benefits a great cause that supports future generations of the kids in the Los Angeles area. Because of Pedal on the Pier and the generosity of the public, more and more children are being given the gift of camp every year. Camp Ubuntu and Camp Ubuntu Watts have a mission in motion to support all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, and Pedal on the Pier, along with the Harold Robinson Foundation, are helping to achieve that mission.

Pedal on the Pier’s motto puts its mission into perspective - "We spin, Kids win.” This event strives to help at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area to gain access to opportunities they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

So far this year, Pedal on the Pier has raised $856,409 and more than $2.8 million since its start in 2011. Although the pedaling is over, you can still take part in this great cause. CLICK HERE to donate today.

If you are interested in taking part in next year’s event please contact David Moss with the Harold Robinson Foundation at mossman707@gmail.com