As leaders in the cycling industry, we are responsible for making our workplaces, communities, and world genuinely inclusive. The Cycling Industry Pledge (CIP) holds companies accountable to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cycling community and includes the WTF Guiding Principles for any individual to take.
CIP was inspired by the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge created by Teresa Baker.
The cycling industry is the most discriminatory out of all outdoor industries on gender-based exclusion*. Cycling companies hold an influence on how people interact with the bike industry. As representatives of the bike industry, they invite the types of people who choose to recreate outside and shape how they behave. Day-to-day, they manage countless employees who do the same. In the way they operate, they can elevate inclusion to the front of our workplace culture.
Gender and racial inequality prevail in bike shops, professional cycling, and media representation within the cycling industry. Professional cycling is among the worst with disproportionate funding, payouts, support, and attention for women and transgender people. In bike shops, women disproportionately experience sexism and exclusivity more than men.* LGBTQ+ and people of color are subject to inequities around the world, especially in the United States, but we have a valuable opportunity to take on gender, racial, ethnic, and other divides by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our cycling communities.
Spending from cycling contributes significantly to local, state, and national economies, as well as internationally – the second-highest spending for any outdoor activity*. Advocating for inclusion is not just for social good, but it also improves the economy, corporate performance, and employee engagement. Cycling companies with diverse groups of employees, athletes/ambassadors, and media representation perform better and leave our outdoor spaces in better hands for the next generation.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion effectively engages and supports all underrepresented groups.To do this, they must address honestly and head-on the concerns and needs of their diverse employees to increase equity for all. Gender, racial, and ethnic diversity does not stand alone: it intersects with age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, and other categories of identity. We are committed to empowering people who are underrepresented in groups such as those above. We support ongoing advocacy efforts for body-positive culture, women, indigenous rights, LGBTQIA+ equality, and differently-abled cyclist enthusiasts.
We commit to sharing our progress with WTF Bikexplorers to evaluate progress towards weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion within our company. We will track our own progress, share an annual update with WTF Bikexplorers, and hold ourselves accountable to the goals we have set via the Pledge.
We advocate supporting other companies in the bike industry in their pursuit of inclusion. We will do this by building a culture of collaboration, enhancing existing programs, and making a commitment to serve the greater cycling community.
We recognize that the commitments above won’t solve our challenges overnight, but we believe they represent incremental progress toward building a more inclusive bike industry. We hope this list of signatories will grow over time, and we invite other bike industry companies around the world to join us.
We believe the bike industry will reach its full potential when it represents everyone who rides a bike. By committing to the Cycling Industry Pledge and advocating for diversity and inclusion within our workplaces, industries, and broader business community, we create a landscape that includes and empowers everyone.
In signing the Cycling Industry Pledge (CIP), I will help craft a specific set of actions for my company which will:
1. Practice upholding the WTF Bikexplorers Guiding Principles
2. Advocate to hire a diverse workforce and executive leadership
3. Visibly engage in supporting broadly representative cycling teams, events, athletes, and ambassadors
4. Share the Pledge with other companies in the cycling industry
We recognize that these four outlined actions are not the complete answer. Still, we believe they are concrete steps toward building more diversity, equity, and inclusion and forming a more accountable network within the cycling industry.