Bike Your Park Day Success: Over 11,000 People In All 50 States

October 3, 2016 - Eva Dunn-Froebig is Adventure Cycling's Events and Outreach Coordinator.

Michele Rooney and her group toured three parks in Nebraska on September 24, including Platte River State Park.

Thank you for being part of the first-ever Bike Your Park Day on September 24, which included a whopping 1,439 rides with over 11,000 participants in all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, and 10 countries. More than 150 ambassadors from around the United States also provided resources to participants — thank you! We deem Bike Your Park Day a success and hope you had as much fun as we did.

And the winner of the Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle is ...

We’re delighted to announce Ray Neff of Milton, Florida as the winner of the 40th anniversary, Adventure-Cycling-branded Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle. Ray was chosen as the winner out of over 1,200 people (over the age of 18 and residing in the U. S.) who registered for Bike Your Park Day by September 5.

Ray Neff of Milton, Florida won the Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle.

Ray and his wife drove to a parking lot in Pensacola Beach and rode mostly on a multi-use path to Fort Pickens and back, around 20 miles. “The ride has nice views and we saw lots of people fishing on the beach,” Neff said. See Ray’s ride registered on the Bike Your Park Day interactive map. Fort Pickens is part the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is administered by the National Park Service. The fort was built in 1834 in response to the War of 1812 and was used to guard the entrance to Pensacola Bay Harbor from foreign invasion until 1947.

Jennifer Mann dubbed her ride “Pocono Pedal” and rode through Lackawanna State Forest, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Leghigh Canal Park in Pennsyslvania for Bike Your Park Day.

Let’s Make Next Year Even Bigger & Better

We’re already looking ahead to Bike Your Park Day next year on September 30, 2017, always the last Saturday in September. Please help improve next year’s Bike Your Park Day by spending a few minutes to complete an online survey. Fill out the survey if you:

  • Registered for Bike Your Park Day
  • Participated in Bike Your Park Day
  • Volunteered as a Bike Your Park Day ambassador
  • Contacted a Bike Your Park Day ambassador
  • Helped promote Bike Your Park Day
  • Didn’t participate, but watched the progress of the event and would like to provide feedback.

Thank you for giving us your valuable feedback by taking the online survey.

Adventure Cycling staff and the public rode to Milltown State Park and back for Bike Your Park Day. The ride was led by Free Cycles Missoula, and some participants stayed to plant trees as part of National Public Lands Day.

Keep Posting Photos with #bikeyourpark

We adore your social media posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Keep them coming with #bikeyourpark or upload them to our Submittable form and we’ll post them for you.

Joe and Leslie Gagliardi's group explored Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia by bicycle for Bike Your Park Day.

Photo 1 courtesy of Michele Rooney | Photo 2 courtesy of Jennifer Mann | Photo 3 courtesy of Ray Neff | Photo 4 courtesy of Ethel MacDonald | Photo 5 courtesy of Joe and Leslie Gagliardi.


40th Blue Length wise.jpg

Adventure Cycling celebrated its 40th anniversary all year with National Bike Travel Weekend, the Montana Bicycle Celebration, and Bike Your Park Day. Look for National Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day in 2017. Thank you to the 40th anniversary sponsors: Raleigh BicyclesMontana Department of CommerceSalsa CyclesAdvocate CyclesBlue Cross Blue Shield of MontanaPrimal WearVisit MississippiVisit IdahoTravel OregonOsprey PacksExperience Plus!Destination Missoula and Missoulian.

Find out more about Adventure Cycling’s generous sponsors.



Log in to post a comment

Forgot Password?

Enter your email address and we'll send you an email that will allow you to reset it. If you no longer have access to the email address call our memberships department at (800) 755-2453 or email us at

Not Registered? Create Account Now.