June 27, 2017
The 2nd annual Bike Travel Weekend, June 2–4, included 935 overnight trips held in all 50 states and 20 countries, with nearly 7,000 participants. What were the ingredients that formulated this global weekend of bike overnights? Here are some 2017 Bike Travel Weekend facts and figures.
Bike Travel Weekend wouldn’t be possible without the 173 volunteers from six countries (Australia, Canada, Finland, Philippines, United Kingdom, and the United States, including 42 U. S. states and Washington, DC). Bike Travel Weekend Advisors and Influencers provided bike travel resources and guidance to participants and helped promote the event. Interested in volunteering next year? Sign up here.
Bike Travel Weekend sponsors Visit Mississippi and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana made this exciting weekend possible. Advocate Cycles and Amtrak also supported Bike Travel Weekend by offering prizes to a couple of lucky registrants — winners will be announced after Bike Your Park Day on September 30 — and Black Coffee Roasting Co. donated three-ounce packages of coffee for the first 250 registrants.
The majority of Bike Travel Weekend trips took place in 15 states in the U.S. that included every region of the country. California topped the list with 96 trips and 358 participants.
The countries represented were Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Rwanda, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Bike Travel Weekend participants rode 578,746 miles during the weekend of June 2–4. That’s equivalent to riding the distance from the Earth to the moon 2.4 times!
Bike Travel Weekend cyclists rode an average of over 83 miles during the weekend of June 2–4. That’s a lot!
Bike Travel Weekend is always held the first weekend in June, the same weekend as the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. This year, Adventure Cycling Association and the American Hiking Society teamed up, making 160 Bike Travel Weekend, trail-oriented trips also be part of National Trails Day.
The majority of Bike Travel Weekend participants camped while others stayed in hotels, B&Bs, hostels, cabins, or friends’ houses.
One of the goals of Bike Travel Weekend is to introduce overnight bike travel to people. Bike Travel Weekend inspired over a third of participants to go on their first bike overnight in 2017, according to the post-event survey.
Another goal is to get Bike Travel Weekend participants hooked on bike overnights. We’re excited to report that most participants will go again. Twenty-five percent reported in the post-event survey that Bike Travel Weekend made them want to go again, while 73% said they were already convinced.
Adventure Cycling wants to inspire people to go on bike overnights any time of year — not just Bike Travel Weekend. But Bike Travel Weekend is a great time, and 96% of participants said in the post-event survey that they will go again during the first weekend in June to help build the bike travel movement with this special event.
Adventure Cycling can’t spread the Bike Travel Weekend love on our own. We need you — and you stepped up big time this year. Thank you for sharing Bike Travel Weekend in a variety of ways, including distributing stickers, postcards, posters, flyers, talking to friends and community, and sharing on social media.
We need you to make the 2018 Bike Travel Weekend even bigger and better. Thanks to all of the participants, volunteers, partners, and sponsors. Let’s keep building the bike travel movement by inspiring our friends and communities to go on a bike overnight on the same weekend as thousands of others all over the world.
Photo 1 Allyn Rice | Photo 2 Tom Robertson | Photo 3 Laura Butterbaugh | Photo 4 Erick Cedeno | Photo 5 Thomas Benenati | Photo 6 Elizabeth Ann Crisfield
Bike Travel Weekend Join thousands of other cyclists across North America and the world for Bike Travel Weekend and go on a one- or two-night bike overnight on the same weekend, June 1–3, 2018. Ride with your family or friends and stay at your favorite overnight location — whether it’s a nearby campground, hotel, cabin, B&B, hostel, or friend’s house. Ride solo or with a group and go one mile or 100 miles — it’s your trip! #BikeTravelWeekend