This year, it’s even easier to participate in Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day, during the weekend of September 25 – 27, 2020, as Adventure Cycling is promoting and encouraging virtual options as well as in-person rides that follow safety guidelines.
Adventure Cycling encourages virtual Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day events in 2020. There are lots of ways to participate virtually.
- Experience all or part of Adventure Cycling’s new Parks, Peaks, and Prairies route virtually. More information coming soon about how to participate in a virtual Peaks, Parks, and Prairies ride.
- Instead of going on a ride, give an online presentation to your friends about your favorite adventure (multi-day or day ride in parks). When you register your event, you can make it open to the public and invite people all over the world to join. Use a platform like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, or Facetime to connect with people virtually. You can also use Adventure Cycling’s “How to Go on A Bike Overnight” PowerPoint presentation to inspire others to go on a bike adventure. Contact email@example.com for the PowerPoint presentation and resources.
- Experience a park or public lands virtually. Visit your favorite park’s website and check out their virtual offerings. Below are some links to help you get started on a virtual park experience.
If you feel safe participating in an in-person overnight bike adventure or day ride through parks or public lands, please consider the following.
- Ride alone or only with the people in your household.
- Ride locally and follow your local and state health department’s and CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines. Be mindful of riding to and through Indigenous and high-risk communities. If using services along the way, wash and sanitize your hands frequently and wear a mask indoors and in outdoor spaces when you interact with people, to protect yourself and others.
- Ride self-contained, and bring everything you need, including your food, mask, and hand sanitizer. If your ride is an overnight adventure, limit your interaction with others at your campsite or indoor accommodations. This may be a great time to stay at a primitive campsite if they are available in your area.
- If you’re visiting public lands, visit the park website to determine its operating status. Many park visitor centers are closed, but outdoor spaces may be open to cyclists. Updates about the overall NPS response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Recreate Responsibly in your public lands. The NPS’s Trip Planning Guide includes important safety information.
- If you leave your county or state, please check with the local health department website to determine whether or not it’s safe and if they are welcoming visitors. You may need to self-quarantine for two weeks before or after your ride.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Instead, participate virtually or plan a future trip.
Register to lead an event or join an existing event and you'll be entered to win a Salsa Cutthroat bike. The first 500 people who register to lead an event will also get a Bike Travel Weekend or Bike Your Park Day patch and sticker in the mail.