Live to Ride Fund Established in Response to Recent Cycling Deaths 

SAN ANTONIO (Apr. 22, 2019) – A new fund is being established at the San Antonio Area Foundation in response to the recent cycling deaths of revered San Antonio citizens Dr. Naji Tanios Kayruz and Tito Bradshaw. The fund, Live to Ride, will build public awareness for sharing the road while supporting innovative grant making to move San Antonio toward safer streets. 

Live to Ride resulted from a partnership between the City of San Antonio, the 80/20 Foundation, SATX Social Ride, and the San Antonio Cycling Alliance. Administered by the San Antonio Area Foundation, the fund is open to the public with a minimum donation of $10, all of which are considered charitable gifts for interested donors. 

“We are first and foremost dedicated to helping people make meaningful gifts to improve the quality of life in San Antonio today and for generations to come,” said San Antonio Area Foundation CEO Marjie M. French. 

“Meaningful community change is often spurred by the sheer will of the people in that community, who create the synergy to affect policy, allocate public funding, align philanthropy and inspire a movement. Live to Ride is that movement and we are honored to be part of it.”  

The 80/20 Foundation – which strives to transform San Antonio by issuing grants to public charities in entrepreneurship, tech education and urban options – will match donations made to Live to Ride dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000.   

“Live to Ride aligns to the 80/20 Foundation’s effort to attract, grow and retain talent, as people who move to San Antonio want to keep their bikes and engage in a truly livable city of mobility-friendly options,” said 80/20 Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Frey. “We are challenging our community to donate to Live to Ride this May in honor of National Bike Month.”  

The Live to Ride fund will also work with the City of San Antonio to update the Bicycle Master Plan, while collaborating on the city’s Vision Zero plan. Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users, and to ensure safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.  
“This issue hits very close to home for each of us - just last month we lost one of our own, Omega McKinnon, after she was tragically hit and killed by a tour bus while walking across a downtown street,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Then we endured the loss of Tito Bradshaw, a larger-than-life leader who contributed greatly to cycling advocacy and the life of our urban community. This effort will honor these lives and their memories by pushing the change we seek in making San Antonio a safer city for bicyclists and pedestrians.” 

As San Antonio continues to grow, safety surrounding alternative mobility options is a top priority, especially in more densely populated urban areas like downtown.  

“We simply have to make the community more aware that there are more than cars on the road today,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “Traditional bikes, electric bikes and scooters are everywhere across San Antonio and the options are only going to increase. We need to continue to effectively educate the public to make our streets safer as we work to ensure a mobility-friendly city.” 

The inaugural Live to Ride committee who will provide oversight and administer grants includes: 

  • Lorenzo Gomez, chairman, Geekdom
  • Alexandra Frey, executive director, 80/20 Foundation
  • Alexis G. Velasquez, H-E-B Cycling Team and the San Antonio Cycling Alliance
  • Jeff Moore, SATX Social Ride
  • Erik Walsh, city manager, City of San Antonio
  • Marjie M. French, CEO, San Antonio Area Foundation

Contributions to this movement may be made to and a tax receipt will be provided for this charitable, social impact endeavor. 

The San Antonio Area Foundation strives to make San Antonio a better place to live by connecting donors to causes they are passionate about; maintaining, investing and distributing funds from permanent charitable endowments; and creating and leading initiatives for the benefit of the community. 

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