In mid-March, I will join six-time national champion and cyclocross superstar Tim Johnson, Richard Fries and 30 or so cycling enthusiasts for a five-day, 500-mile ride to Washington D.C.. The first four days will range from 100 to 140 miles, and we'll conclude with a 50-mile trek from Balimore to D.C., arriving in time to attend the opening reception of the National Bicycle Summit.
The purpose of this ride is to raise money to support the Bikes Belong Foundation
, which works to make bicycling safer and better across America. As you may know, funds to support cycling, walking and running are currently in jeopardy, as both the House and Senate have bills pending which would remove or severely curtail support for these activities.
The goal of the ride is to raise at least $100,000 for Bikes Belong, and I am asking for your support. Please consider donating. Any amount would be greatly appreciated, and donations are tax-deductible. Visit the Ride on Washington website
page for more info. Donations of $50 or more will enter you in a raffle for a custom Firefly titanium bike, custom CatEye computers, Mad Alchemy embrocation, and more! Thank you for your support!!
Tim Johnson's Ride On Washington 2012
This winter, six-time national champion and cyclo-cross superstar Tim Johnson will throw his leg over his bike for a hard week of training. But he's not riding to improve his cycling; he's riding to improve your cycling.
Tim Johnson will ride to raise funds and awareness for the Bikes Belong Foundation as he pedals 500 miles from Boston to Washington D.C., the site of the National Bike Summit, in five days.
Starting Friday, March 16, Tim will be joined by long time cycling journalist, advocate, promoter and announcer Richard Fries, and 20 other leaders of American bike culture. Leaving from Boston, they will ride every day, hitting Providence, Hartford, New York City, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore, until they reach Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 20, for the start of the National Bike Summit.
“We want to engage governors, mayors, bloggers, reporters, schools, and most of all other cyclists along the way,” said Johnson, who is already building support from the bike industry for this mission.
Tim Johnson hopes to see this event raise funds and awareness for Bikes Belong and the National Bike Summit. Your support will be critical to make that happen.
Ride With Us
You can ride with us for five minutes, five miles, or all five days. When you register, we will create a personal fundraising page for you on www.PledgeReg.com, where you can raise money to benefit Bikes Belong. We will post the exact routes as we get closer to the ride. Please note that although we will have neutral support along the way to help all riders, individuals looking to join will be required to take care of their own logistics.
The final 10 miles of the ride to D.C. will be a giant bike parade where anyone can join—no spandex required. We will ride past 15 Capital Bikeshare Stations so that anyone can grab a bike and join us. The ride will end with a celebration on Capitol Hill.
If you can't ride with us, visit PledgeReg, search for "Tim Johnson's Ride On Washington", and donate to one of the dedicated riders doing the event. The goal of this ride is to raise $100,000 for Bikes Belong. The funding we raise will leverage government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike facilities and bike programs. No other donation you make could make such a huge impact for America's health, environment, and quality of life.
About Bikes Belong
The Bikes Belong Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs. It administers the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, supports the Bicycling Design Best Practices Project, and directs the Peopleforbikes.org campaign. Visit bikesbelong.org/foundation for more info.
The Bikes Belong Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs. It administers the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, supports the Bicycling Design Best Practices Project, and directs the Peopleforbikes.org campaign. Learn more at bikesbelong.org/foundation.