May 1, 2013
This May, a young woman will stay at home and daydream about a cross-country bicycle trip she doesn’t think will ever really happen. She knows exploring our country’s rich heritage and beautiful landscapes while pedaling thousands of miles builds determination, self-reliance, and self-discovery. She knows this would be a life-changing experience. But the trip will remain a fantasy.
While many people, young and old, will experience the amazing power of traveling by bike this summer, even more will not. They don’t have access to nearby bicycle routes or are unsure of their ability to complete an overnight bicycle trip.
Kick off National Bike Month by giving these would-be bicycle travelers all the things they need to travel by bike. You can help create designated, signed bicycle routes that allow them to ride bicycles from their front doors anywhere their desires take them, and how-to resources from Adventure Cycling to help them pack their panniers, choose gear, read cycling maps, and more.
This May, you can change this story of missed opportunity and unfulfilled dreams by supporting the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. All month long, Adventure Cycling will be campaigning to raise support and awareness for the U.S. Bicycle Route System to benefit people all over North America.
And right now, your donation can go twice as far. Donate before May 31 for your donation to be matched 1:1 by a group of donors, up to $35,000.
By donating today, you will help build the U.S. Bicycle Route System by providing the financial support necessary to continue developing routes and preparing them for designation by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
Thank you all for your support and participation!
Top image by Nishant Gogna on Flickr
Graphic by Rachel Stevens
Bottom image courtesy of Park Tools
*No purchase necessary. To enter the sweepstakes for the Park Tool Kit from J&B Importers, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address, phone, and email address by 5/3/2013 5pm MDT.
The 2013 BUILD IT. BIKE IT. BE A PART OF IT. campaign runs through May 31, 2013. All donations are tax deductible and support Adventure Cycling's organizing efforts and technical assistance for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. The campaign is supported by Adventure Cycling members, bicycle industry partners, bicycle clubs, and cyclists across North America.
Campaign business sponsors include Bikeflights.com, BOB Gear by Britax Child Safety, Inc., Ortlieb, Planet Bike, Primal Wear, and TeamEstrogen.com. Bicycle club sponsors include Cascade Bicycle Club. In-kind sponsors include Bikeflights.com, Cygolite, Hans Bagworks, J&B Importers, Nutcase, Ortlieb, and Osprey Packs.
The U.S. Bicycle Route System is supported in part by grants from the the Lazar Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, Climate Ride, and the Tawani Foundation.