Letter from the ED
As we wind down from another exciting season of bike travel adventures, it is time for us to reflect on how far we’ve come on this journey. At the start of this year, our number one goal was to prioritize our nonprofit mission — to engage, empower, and connect people to travel by bicycle — with an efficient, budget-positive schedule of programming that could support the needs and experiences of a variety of cyclists through our Routes, Discovery, and Experiences programs. We’re excited to celebrate the following program accomplishments, thanks to the generous support of our community.
As we look ahead to 2024, we’re building off this momentum and continuing to increase the skills, knowledge, and confidence of emerging bike travelers in the following ways:
I want to extend my deepest appreciation to each of you for your unwavering commitment to our mission and to this important work. With the knowledge that we have such a remarkable community behind us, I am filled with optimism and excitement for all that lies ahead.
Together, we have the opportunity to set the stage for a bright and prosperous future. Please consider contributing to our year-end fundraising campaign to help us continue to expand our reach and impact with younger and less experienced audiences. With your generous support, we'll build a bigger, more diverse community of adventure cyclists through workshops, routes, and events that bring us all together.
With much gratitude during this season of thanks,
Sean is grateful and excited to accept the role of Experiences Director. It's his hope and desire to implement an open line of communication within the Experiences department that allows for shared ideas and concerns. This role will continue to provide operational support for the 2024 schedule while improving our systems to support leaders and tour participants. Sean’s position at Adventure Cycling allows him to continue a long tradition of introducing individuals to the world of bike travel. Though each Tour experience is different, his goal is for them all to result in joy, leaving all involved asking what's next.
To read more about Sean and other staff, check out our staff page.
Fifty years ago in 1973, four intrepid bike travelers founded Bikecentennial with the purpose of fulfilling a dream: to create a movement to cycle across the U.S. for its 100-year birthday in 1976. What grew from that original dream was more than a birthday bike ride. This history has been top of mind this past year for the Board as we embarked on a new round of strategic planning. Over the last 50 years, Adventure Cycling has been a foundational part of the bike travel movement in North America by establishing more than 50,000 miles of bike routes, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to explore by bike — on their own, in groups, and with bike tour operators.
As we look forward to publishing our strategic planning update in early 2024, we are thinking about how this foundation can support the next 50 years of bike traveler needs. With the changing pace of information sharing, map digitization, and storytelling, we know it will look different than the first 50 years, but we feel strongly that the true core of our mission is incredibly relevant to the current context, and we see immense opportunities ahead to continue to empower, engage, and connect people to travel by bike.
In 2023, we say goodbye to Jenny Park, who has finished her three terms (nine years!) as a valued board member, and thank her for her time, knowledge, and energy all these years. Rich Tauer has also finished his term this year, and we thank him for all his support to staff and the organization.
We’ve added two new members in early 2023, and we’re excited to add two more in 2024, which will result in our largest Board yet.
Maria Elena Price
President, Board of Directors