Body-size inclusivity advocate Marley Blonsky today announced that her All Bodies on Bikes non-profit not only received official 501c3 status, the organization also launched 11 regional chapters.
Founded by Blonsky and Kailey Kornhauser in 2020, All Bodies on Bikes (ABOB) is a social, educational, and industry-wide movement to create and foster size-inclusive bike communities. All Bodies on Bikes envisions “a world where anyone, regardless of body size, weight, or perceived fitness level, can safely enjoy a bike ride in a way that is joyful to them.”
The official non-profit tax recognition opens the organization up to fundraising and grants, allowing Blonsky and the 11 chapters to foster and build inclusive cycling communities throughout the country.
The 11 All Bodies on Bikes chapters include:
Blonsky revealed that these regional chapters are meant to “connect with folks who are alienated or excluded from their local cycling community.” The chapters will host inclusive rides and events and collaborate with other mission-driven bike advocacy organizations in their respective areas.
To date, ABOB has held 15 community rides in 10 cities from coast to coast, with more than 1500 participants.
Not that long ago, Blonsky, a self-proclaimed “short, fat woman, was a fledgling bike commuter herself, desperately trying to find a community and apparel that would fit. The more she entered the world of cycling, the more she stood out. But rather than changing herself to conform to the cycling industry’s standards, she started working to change the cycling industry. These days Blonsky is well-known for her advocacy to get people of all shapes and sizes on bikes while changing the narrative of what a cyclist looks like. The latter has seen her tackling some of the country’s toughest gravel challenges and motivating others along the way as a public speaker.
With a network of regional chapters, Blonsky hopes to reach others like her and make riding a bike fun, inclusive and safe.
To learn more about ABOB or to find the chapter nearest you, visit www.allbodiesonbikes.com/local-chapter.