Bike Riding for Advanced Cyclists : Coalition Membership Fees

Bike Riding for Advanced Cyclists : Coalition Membership Fees


On behalf of Expert Village, I’m League of
American Bicyclists cycling instructor Randy Victory, and I’m here to tell you about advanced
cycling. Remember that getting the word out there and getting your membership involved
is generally going to cost around twenty dollars per member per year. So, at a twenty dollar
membership level, you’re just barely breaking even. If you really want to achieve some change,
you should charge more, and what we did was have several membership levels, including
an advocate level that was fifty-two dollars a year, a buck a week for better biking. And
that really helped us out as far as getting the funding we needed. Our initial budget
was about five thousand dollars a year, and remember there’s going to be some pretty big
fees in there. It was five hundred dollars just to file as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. So,
there were a lot of costs involved. And printing’s probably going to be one of your biggest costs,
because getting the word out, getting cyclists on board, printing membership forms, envelopes,
all that takes money. Postage too. Depending on your membership size, you might want to
consider bulk mailing, but that usually only works if you’ve got two hundred pieces of
mail or more. So, there’s some considerations, and there could be some pretty big ticket
budget items when you’re first getting started.