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.
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Benjamin Dalley founded Xebec Enterprises, Inc., in Washington, D.C., in order to provide business and real estate consulting services throughout the area. Previously, Ben Dalley gained entrepreneurial experience through a variety of restaurants and other business endeavors. Benjamin Dalley also assisted with the launch of Bike to the Beach, Inc., where he continues to serve as the operations and development director.
Each year, Bike to the Beach holds a charity bicycle ride in New England to support the efforts of the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. The ride begins in Boston and finishes in Newport, Rhode Island. Individuals who cannot participate in the ride can contribute through donations of any amount. One 9-year-old girl donated $2 to the organization and accompanied it with a letter that related how important she considered the contribution due to the fact that she has a sister with autism.
Bike to the Beach has several such events each year in various locations across the country in order to benefit autism awareness and research. The organization, which maintains its headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area, aims to involve volunteers across the country in working toward physical and mental health through its fundraising events.
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.
Long involved in the Washington, D.C., community, Benjamin Dalley helped establish the 501(c)(3) charity Bike to the Beach (B2B). The inspiration for the annual fundraising event was an extended bike ride Benjamin Dalley took with his friend Joey to Bethany Beach, Delaware, in 1999. The following year, the pair was joined by a third member, with participants in the annual challenge expanding consistently over the years.
In 2007, five core members joined together in establishing B2B as an official charitable organization. In particular, they sought to align their community-focused group with autism awareness building efforts. At the time, autism was an emerging area of national interest and funds raised initially went to Cure Autism Now (now part of Autism Speaks). Expanded beyond Washington, D.C., to include a New York ride in 2010 and a Boston ride in 2012, Bike to the Beach continues to raise significant funds, with Autism Speaks its primary beneficiary.