Bike to the Beach (B2B) started when two friends, Benjamin Dalley and Joey Schmitz, biked their way from Washington, DC, to Bethany Beach, Delaware. Robby Walsh currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization, while founders Benjamin Dalley and Joey Schmitz still serve as board members.
Passion for cycling coupled with a cause worth fighting for is what prompted the formation of Bike to the Beach (B2B). Years later, it became an advocacy organization with many supporters in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, New York, NY and Boston, MA.
This nonprofit organization seeks to promote biking as a viable way of commuting and reducing carbon emission. In addition, B2B is a firm supporter of Autism Speaks in its bid to change the landscape for people struggling with autism. Bike to the Beach believes that it can promote an active, socially and environmentally conscious community committed to a healthier life and finding solutions for the millions affected by Autism though its events and our partnerships with Autism Speaks and local Autism charities.
Through Bike to the Beach’s pro-active network, it continues to organize events with the goals of educating urbanites on the several benefits of biking and supporting those who suffer from autism.
The fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, autism (as well as its associated disorders) currently impacts an estimated 1 in 88 children. To address the need for more research funding, Bike to the Beach conducts charity bike rides to raise money for autism and promote cycling in general. A non-profit organization, Bike to the Beach promotes rides throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, in such cities as Boston, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
While the organization’s beginnings date to 1999, Bike to the Beach was officially formed in 2007 and it conducted its first fundraising ride in Washington, D.C. that year. Since its founding, the group has donated funds to Autism Speaks, the largest charity in the U.S. dedicated to finding a cure for the disability.
Benjamin Dalley, one of Bike to the Beach’s founders, is an entrepreneur and business professional based in Washington, D.C. Dalley earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.