The Major Taylor Project is named after American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932). In 1899 Major Taylor won the one-mile sprint championship, making him the first African-American to win an international sports title. Major Taylor’s professional racing career spanned 13 years, and he remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity. Major Taylor continues to be a source of inspiration to youth, communities and athletes around the world.
The Major Taylor Project
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) empowers youth from diverse communities through bicycling. In MTP after-school clubs, students establish healthy habits, build relationships, gain confidence and discover their ability to affect positive change.
And during summer months, many MTP students go further than they thought possible — testing their skills, experience and perseverance — by biking 206 miles from Seattle to Portland on the annual STP.
What we do
Offer weekly bike rides after school so students can explore their community
Deliver bicycle safety and maintenance education
Provide opportunities to elevate youth voices and inspire students to advocate for change in their community
Expose students to various cycling disciplines, including: touring, urban riding, track racing, mountain biking and cyclocross racing
Offer an eight-week Build-a-Bike program to increase ownership of bikes
Provide training opportunities for students to prepare for Cascade events
Who we serve
The Major Taylor Project reaches more than 500 youth annually in middle and high schools in central and south King County and in Pierce County. In these areas, residents speak over 70 languages and represent over 80 nationalities. Our club locations are intentionally established to reach youth in low-income and diverse neighborhoods.
Cascade Middle School – White Center, WA
Chief Sealth High School, Seattle, WA
Cleveland High School – Seattle, WA
Denny International Middle School, Seattle, WA
Evergreen High School, White Center, WA
First Creek Middle School – Tacoma, WA
Foss High School – Tacoma, WA
Foster High School, Tukwila, WA
Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
Tyee High School, Seatac, WA
Highline High School, Burien, WA
Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma, WA
Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
Mt. Tahoma High School, Tacoma, WA
Rainier Beach High School, Seattle, WA
Stewart Middle School, Tacoma, WA
YES! Foundation of White Center, White Center, WA
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