Bike Travel Weekend Facts & Figures

June 27, 2017

“It’s not about the destination. It’s the journey. Our trip included a route along the southern California coast. Who can go wrong with that? We stopped at a coffee shop, visited with other cyclists participating in Bike Travel Weekend, and enjoyed the nature we encountered. My advice to someone is just get out there and do a trip. It doesn’t need to be a lot of miles. Just have the experience of doing it. You’ll fall in love with overnight bicycle trips.” –2017 Bike Travel Weekend participant

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.

173 Enthusiastic Volunteers

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 volunteers help create global connections between cyclists.

Five Generous Sponsors

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.

Visit Mississippi, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Amtrak, Advocate Cycles, and Black Coffee Roasting Co. made Bike Travel Weekend possible. 

All 50 U. S. States

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.

20 Countries

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.

Over 500,000 Miles

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!

“Ride, eat, drink, fun, sleep, repeat.” –2017 Bike Travel Weekend Participant

83 Miles Each

Bike Travel Weekend cyclists rode an average of over 83 miles during the weekend of June 2–4. That’s a lot!

160 National Trails Day trips

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.

Most Bike Travel Weekend participants went camping, including Erick Cedeno, The Bicycle Nomad, during his overnight in Arizona.

Over Half Went Camping

The majority of Bike Travel Weekend participants camped while others stayed in hotels, B&Bs, hostels, cabins, or friends’ houses.

36% Went on Their First Bike Overnight

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.

Bike Travel Weekend cyclists stop to enjoy Mosby Creek Bridge in Lane County, Oregon.

98% Will Go Again

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.

“This was the first overnight bike camping trip for my seven-year-old son and was an excellent introduction to bike touring for the next generation.” –2017 Bike Travel Weekend Participant

96% Will Go During Bike Travel Weekend

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.

Bike Travel Weekend had wide reach on social media, thanks to participants, partners, and volunteers who shared it.

71% Promoted Bike Travel Weekend

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.

Top Instagram posts tagged with #biketravelweekend

Save the date for Bike Travel Weekend in 2018: June 1–3!

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

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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

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