November 29, 2017
The second annual Bike Your Park Day was on September 30, 2017 in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. This event inspired people around the world to ride in or to nearby parks and public lands and included:
Check out some other fun facts about the 2017 Bike Your Park Day below and read the full report (.pdf file).
Thank you to the 158 Bike Your Park Day volunteers from 41 states and D.C. as well as six other countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Volunteer Advisors and Influencers provided resources and guidance about riding in parks and public lands to participants and helped promote Bike Your Park Day. Interested in volunteering next year? Sign up here.
Bike Your Park Day sponsors Visit Mississippi, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana made Bike Your Park Day possible. Advocate Cycles and Amtrak also supported Bike Your Park Day by offering prizes to a couple of lucky registrants — winners were announced on October 24 — and Black Coffee Roasting Co. donated three-ounce packages of coffee for the first 250 registrants.
The majority of Bike Your Park Day rides took place in 15 states in all regions of the country. There was one especially large ride at Colorado National Monument, accounting for the high participant numbers in Colorado.
The countries represented were Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam.
Bike Your Park Day participants rode 339,675 miles on September 30. That’s more than 13½ times around Earth!
Bike Your Park Day cyclists rode an average of over 37.4 miles on September 30. That’s quite an accomplishment!
Bike Your Park Day is always on the last Saturday in September, the same day as the National Environmental Education Foundation’s National Public Lands Day. According to the post-event survey, 8.5 percent of Bike Your Park Day cyclists also participated in National Public Lands Day.
The majority of Bike Your Park Day participants visited state parks, national parks, and city or county parks. Some people visited more than one type of park.
One goal of Bike Your Park Day is to get people hooked on riding in parks and public lands. We’re excited to report that most participants will go again. Nineteen percent reported in the post-event survey that Bike Your Park Day made them want to go again, while 80% said they were already convinced.
Adventure Cycling can’t spread the word about Bike Your Park Day on its own. We need influencers like you. Thank you for sharing Bike Your Park Day in a variety of ways, including distributing stickers, postcards, posters, flyers, talking to friends and community, and sharing BikeYourParkDay.org on social media with #bikeyourpark.
We need you to make the 2018 Bike Your Park Day 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 explore parks and public lands by bicycle on the same day as thousands of others all over the world.
Photo 1 Howard Shafer | Photo 2 Emily Kagan | Photo 3 Lisa Lapsley| Photo 4 Rose Bayless| Photo 5 Colin White | Photo 6 Kristin Reeder | Photo 7 Joe Jacobs, Arkansas State Parks | Photo 8 Chris Craig, Harpers Ferry National Park
Bike Your Park Day Bike to or within nearby parks and public lands with thousands of people around the country on the same day — Bike Your Park Day on September 29, 2018. Bring friends and family to join the ride and discover the outdoor adventures in your backyard. Make it your own experience: ride any distance; go with friends, family, or join a group; bike on trails or roads. Visit a national or state park, monument, historic site, river, seashore, recreation area, preserve, forest, wildlife refuge, or parkway. #BikeYourPark