Help Support Pedal Love

Do you love to color for relaxation and stress relief? Then we've got some really fun bike-friendly treats for you - and they help support Pedal Love too.

For 2017 I'm focusing our fundraising on the creation of "The Pedal Love Coloring Book: Girls Ride." The book will include my hand-drawn illustrations (by me, Melissa Balmer, the Founder/Director of Pedal Love) celebrating girls and women through history who've loved riding their bikes. It will debut in May of 2018 for National Bike Month.

Why do I feel a coloring book is such a good idea? Because emotionally engaging storytelling can help create culture shift.

And because once it's finished and published (via Blurb) this book can be used by other active transportation and girl empowerment organizations as a fundraiser too. Isn't that cool?

Here are some of my test images that I've been working on as I've been deciding on the look and feel of the book.

Each drawing starts off as a hand-drawn pencil sketch and then I go over it in pen and ink and use a term called pointalism (or stippling) to add depth and character. Each drawing is now taking me up to 2 weeks to complete as I'm working on them in between my freelance work.

I'm including both images from my imagination (inspired by the women and girls I've seen riding around the country and right here in my hometown of Long Beach CA) and real girls and young women who have/and do love to ride their bikes and have inspired so many others to do the same -  like Kittie Knox. The image at the very top is my second go at drawing Kittie. This time I'm including her hometown of historic Boston in the background so it's really fun to color.

Kittie broke both racial and gender barriers as a passionate bicyclist in Boston in the 1890's as a card carrying member of the League of American Bicyclists.

You can read more about her in my new blog post here.

To complete the book on time I need your help. This is hard for me to ask.

I've raised money for Women on Bikes SoCal (like when we hosted the first all female LCI training class as a scholarship program for 10 women - the first time an all female/all scholarship class was hosted in the nation in 2012) and for Pedal Love trainings (like our Active Living Plugged In a few years ago). but I've never put myself front and center as a female entrepreneur dealing with a challenging health condition who needs help herself to make a project happen.

This time I am. I'm stepping forward to ask for your help. I appreciate you reading this far.

And I want supporting this project to be easy and fun. So I've created a series of "thank you" gifts in exchange for almost every budget. And stay tuned because more will be arriving soon!

We're under the fiscal receivership of the California Bicycle Coalition, which makes all of your purchases and donations, and sponsorship tax deductible.


Donation & Sponsorship Levels

At the $3 support level you'll receive 4 coloring pages of my beta images as a downloadable print quality PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the $5 support level you'll receive 9 coloring pages of my beta images as a downloadable print quality PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here to Donate $25

At the $25.00 donation level you'll receive a sheet of 20 of our new Pedal Love logo featuring a hand-drawn illustration from our Zazzle.com boutique + a digital download of our coloring pages in process.

Click here to donate $50

At the $50.00 donation level you'll receive a set of 8 "Thank You" postcards including our "Love Umbrella" illustration + a digital download of our coloring pages in process.

Sponsor The Pedal Love Coloring Book

$500.00 - 1/2 Page Sponsorship Level

Make A $500 Donation

At the $500 level you'll sponsor 1/2a page of the coloring book.

A big thank you to Gail and Jim Spann for supporting at this level!

Your Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Your name will be included in the printed Pedal Love coloring book on the sponsors page
  • Your name will be included here the "Support" page.
  • You will also be thanked once in our email newsletter, and 1x each via our social media network of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • You'll receive a copy of the book!

Big thanks to Gail and Jim Spann for supporting us at this level!

$1,000.00 - 1 Page Sponsorship Level

Make A $1,000 Donation

At the $1,000 level you'll be a featured sponsor of one page of the Pedal Love: Girl's Ride coloring book

Your Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Your name or logo will be included on the coloring book sponsors page at the end of the book
  • Your name or logo (with live link) will be included here on the "Support" page.
  • Your name will be included as a page sponsor in our media outreach press releases for the launch of the book to over 300 national bike and lifestyle/wellness/fashion media outlets including T.V., radio, print and internet.
  • You will also be thanked once in our email newsletter with an image with live link
  • You'll be thanked 2x's each via our social media network of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • You'll also receive 4 copies of the coloring book.

$2,000 - 2 Page Spread Sponsorship Level

Make A $2,000 Donation

At the $2,000 level you'll be a featured sponsor of a 2-page spread in the Pedal Love: Girl's Ride coloring book

Your Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Your name or logo will be included on the coloring book sponsors page at the end of the book
  • Your name or logo (with live link) will be included here on the "Support" page.
  • Your name will be included as a 2-page sponsor in our media outreach press releases for the launch of the book to over 300 national bike and lifestyle/wellness/fashion media outlets including T.V., radio, print and internet.
  • You will also be thanked 2x in our email newsletter with an image with live link (1x upon receipt of the donation and 1x once the book is published in May 2018).
  • You'll be thanked 4x's each via our social media network of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (1x upon receipt of the donation and 3x's leading up to and during the launch of the book).
  • You'll also receive 10 copies of the coloring book.

$10,000 - Title Sponsor

Your Sponsorship Benefits

  • Your name or logo will be included on the top of the coloring book sponsors page at the end of the book as the Title Sponsor.
  • Your name or logo (with live link) will be included on the top of the page here on the "Support" page.
  • Your name will be included in the opening paragraph in our media outreach press releases for the launch of the book to over 300 national bike and lifestyle/wellness/fashion media outlets including T.V., radio, print and internet.
  • You'll also be thanked 2x in our email newsletter with an image with live link (1x upon receipt of the donation and 3x's leading up to the publication of the book in May 2018).
  • You'll be thanked 5x's each via our social media network of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (1x upon receipt of the donation and 4x's leading up to and during the launch of the book).
  • You'll receive 50 copies of the coloring book, or they can be donated to the non profit of your choice.

If you're interested in a sponsorship level that you don't see, or a custom benefit package, please contact Melissa@PedalLove.org or (562) 221-9672. We'd love to hear from you.

If you prefer to mail us a check please make it out to "Women on Bikes California" and mail to Melissa Balmer, 1152 E. 1st St. #304, Long Beach CA 90802.