On Friday, March 4th, 2010, Cyclocross Superstar Tim Johnson will lead fellow riders on a ride from Boston to Washington, D.C. This is no ordinary training ride– it’s a ride to support more bike rides.
The Massachusetts resident and long time cycling advocate wants to make a statement, that is, that bikes do belong as a viable form of transportation and recreation, and they are here to stay. With the help of fellow cycling advocate and cycling sports announcer Richard Fries, sponsors and friends, the 5 day ride will raise funds and awareness to support Bikes Belong and the National Bike Summit.
For the multi-time National Cyclocross Champion Johnson, bicycles are not just for racing. The aim of the ride is not just to promote cycling as sport, but to improve the overall health of the Nation through physical activity and bicycle commuting.
From Boston, the ride will stop in Providence, Hartford, New York City, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore, until they reach Washington DC on Tuesday, March 8, for the start of the National Bike Summit.
“We want to engage governors, mayors, bloggers, reporters, schools, and most of all other cyclists along the way,” said Johnson.
Route maps are available on Strava.com and they are giving 6-month memberships free to anyone who donates to the Ride on Washington – awesome! To donate visit: PledgeReg.com
Follow the ride on Twitter by following the following Tweeters: @johnswah, @RichardFries, @embrocationcycl, @fireflybicycles, @madalchemy, @matt_simpson1 @mmcyclist
Friday, March 4, 2011, Boston-Providence-Hartford, 130 miles
- Come to the Ride Studio Cafe in Arlington, MA this Thursday for the kickoff event of Tim Johnson’s Ride On Washington. Great people and a raffle to win some great prizes to help raise funds for the trip: http://ridestudiocafe.com/
Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hartford-Bethel-New York, 90 miles
- NYC events are set! Come by the @BrooklynBrewery on Saturday night at 8:15 for a beer or 3. Then 8am Sunday morning riding from the Hudson Hotel, thru Central Park with a brunch hosted at NYC Velo.
Sunday, March 6, 2011, New York-Trenton-Philadelphia, 100 miles
Monday, March 7, 2011, Philadelphia-Wilmington-Baltimore, 110 miles
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, Baltimore-Washington, 40 miles
How you can support the mission:
Any amount is greatly appreciated. The goal of this ride is to raise $100,000. If we could raise that amount, Bikes Belong could leverage that into $180 million in government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike facilities and bike programs. No other donation you make could make such a huge impact for America’s health, environment, and quality of life.
The logistics of this ride will be impressive. Your club or your business could provide support in the form of lodging, schools, dining, and rest stops along the way. We are also seeking out appropriate venues to host evening receptions along the way where we can discuss our cause, tell tales about the ride, and hopefully enlist more supporters as we go.
You can ride with us for five minutes, five miles, or all five days. We’ll post our route to enable other cyclists to hop on our wheels and escort us in and out of the host cities. Visit BikeReg to register to ride with us.
Funding for American bicycling facilities is on the chopping block as Congress debates the passage of a new Transportation Bill. This critically important bill has been stalled for more than a year. Contact your congressional leaders and urge them to not only support passage of a new Transportation Bill, but also a bill that maintains support for bicycling in America. One letter, one call, one e-mail from a constituent is often enough to sway a vote.
Sign the Pledge
Go on to www.peopleforbikes.org and sign the pledge. Add your name to the list of more than 100,000 Americans who have signed the pledge stating they support cycling in America. The goal of Bikes Belong is to secure 1 million names on that list to simply demonstrate just how strong the cycling vote, the cycling market, and the cycling movement truly is in America.
Every night during the ride, Tim Johnson and company will host a reception at a restaurant in each of the start-finish cities. Your attendance there could make a huge difference. These riders hope to foster the development of new advocates and supporters wherever they travel. You’ll learn about more ways you can help to improve cycling facilities in your home town, your state and your country. Visit the event’s Facebook page to find out more details. Each night there will be great auction items and speakers on cycling at the local and national level. Venues will be announced in the weeks leading up to the departure from Boston on March 4.
Pass it On
We want this to be more than just a ride. We want this to be a powerful movement of people who support all types of bicycling. We need your help to spread the word, raise funds, gather support, and join this cause. Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, blogs, and phone calls really can help this ride – and this movement – roll into Washington DC with substantial power. Everything helps.
Imagine that… actually doing a charity bike ride to support bike rides!
About The National Bike Summit
The 11th Annual National Bike Summit will be held March 8-10, 2011 in Washington D.C. Organized by the League of American Bicyclist with the support of the Bikes Belong Foundation, the summit draws together the leaders of the bike industry and bike advocacy. After seminars and panel discussions on several elements of improving cycling in America, attendees take to Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers in all 50 states to support legislation written to improve cycling facilities and practices.
The first summit drew just 100 advocates who pushed for the passage of transportation legislation that funded hundreds of cycling projects nationwide. By 2010 that number had grown close to 1,000 attendees. Visit www.bikeleague.org for more information.
About Bikes Belong
Founded in 1999 as a trade organization for the bicycle industry, the Bikes Belong Foundation was created primarily to lobby Congress to support funding for bicycling facilities in America. Coming off enormous success as a trade organization, Bikes Belong created the Bikes Belong Foundation as a 501c3 non-profit to enable organizations from outside the bike business to make contributions. One of the most effective non-profits in America, Bikes Belong manages to convert every dollar it receives into $1,800 in government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike programs and bike facilities. Visit www.bikesbelong.org for more information.
At present, this event is receiving support from the Bikes Belong Foundation, Red Bull, BikeReg.com, Strava.com, SRAM, Cannondale, Thule and others.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard@BikesBelong.org.