September 26, 2017
Thousands of people throughout the world will ride to or through parks and public lands on the same day — Bike Your Park Day this Saturday, September 30. Over 1,000 rides with more than 7,700 participants are registered, but we still need your help to inspire others to #bikeyourpark.
Your Bike Your Park Day ride can be just a few miles on a paved bike path, roads, or on a mountain bike trail. You can drive to the park and ride through it. Or make it a longer ride from your house or a public place. Invite others to join you, or ride solo. Ride to or within a national park, state park, recreation area, wildlife refuge, parkway, or even a monument or historic site in an urban area.
September 30 is also National Public Lands Day and many state parks and national parks offer free admission that day. The National Park Service encourages visitors to be part of Bike Your Park Day.
First, register to ride at BikeYourParkDay.org. Registration is free, and you’ll inspire thousands of people throughout the world by adding your ride to the interactive map.
Once you register your ride, help spread the word by having others join your ride or inspire them to do their own Bike Your Park Day ride. Even if you don’t inspire your friends to ride on September 30, we hope they'll want to explore parks and public lands by bicycle on another day of the year or during Bike Your Park Day in 2018.
Here’s how you can inspire someone to #BikeYourPark:
1. Take a selfie. Take a photo of yourself during your ride and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it with #bikeyourpark. If you don’t use social media, we’d really appreciate you sharing your photo with us through this online submission form. We might use your photo on Adventure Cycling’s social media channels or include it in the post-event report and other media in the future.
2. Get your group to pose for a photo. Everyone from eight to 80 can be part of Bike Your Park Day. Get your group — whether it’s just family and friends, a bike club, or meetup group — to pose. Share your photos with us via the online submission form and post it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to tag your photos with #bikeyourpark and include the link BikeYourParkDay.org so others know how to sign up.
3. Record a short video. Use your smart phone to record a short video of a friend riding, pausing to enjoy the view, learning something new at an historic site, stopping for ice cream, or taking a break by a lake. Share your video on social media with #bikeyourpark and share it with Adventure Cycling through the submission form. We want to see your moments even if they don’t involve cycling. Sometimes the most memorable moments are the least expected. We may even include your short video on Adventure Cycling’s social media channels or in a short film about Bike Your Park Day in the future. And remember, your video doesn’t have to be long. A story can be told in just a few seconds.
Most importantly, be safe when you take photos and videos. We want to see your grand moments, but please don’t record them while you are riding and please keep your distance from wildlife.
Enjoy your Bike Your Park Day ride! We can’t wait to see how your ride went whether it’s just a few miles or an epic ride.
Photos 1 & 2 The Path Less Pedaled | Photo 3 courtesy of Martha Pollock | Photo 4 courtesy of Bill Dunn | Photo 5 by Saara Snow
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
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