Eight States, Five Capitals, Five days, One Cause
A bike ride to support more bike rides
On March 4th, six-time national champion and cyclocross 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 cycling for everyone else who rides a bike.
Starting Friday, March 4, Tim will be joined by long time cycling journalist, advocate, promoter and announcer Richard Fries, and a handful of other leaders of American bike culture. Leaving from Boston, they will ride every day, hitting Hartford, New York City, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore, until they reach Washington DC on Tuesday, March 8, 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 ride raise funds and awareness for Bikes Belong and the National Bike Summit.
Kick Off Party at the Ride Studio Cafe!
On Thursday, March 3rd from 6:30-9:30 pm The Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington will have a fundraising event to kickoff Tim Johnson’s Ride On Washington. Tim and many of the riders who will be taking part on this journey will be on hand to support Bikes Belong! The night will be both a fundraiser and a celebration of cycling. Items from the ride's many sponsors and supporters will be raffled off over the course of the evening to raise funds for Bikes Belong. Raffle tickets are available on the night of the event for $10 each. The more you purchase, the better your odds of winning great gear from the sponsors:
- Ride Studio Cafe
- Rapha Performance Roadwear
- David Chiu
- Light and Motion
- Embrocation Cycling Journal
- Mad Alchemy
- Harpoon Brewery
The objective of this ride is to raise $100,000. That is a lofty goal! Tim aims to reach this fundraising level by asking each rider who is a participant to raise at least $1,000. They will also be doing fundraisers at each stop along the way. All sponsors, supporters, families, and friends have also stepped up in many ways to help Time reach the goal. Make a pledge to one of the individual riders or to learn more about the participants.
If Tim meet the goal, Bikes Belong can leverage that into $180 million in government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike facilities and bike programs. No other cycling donation you make could make such a huge impact for America's health, environment, and quality of life.
About Bikes Belong
Founded in 1999 as a trade organization for the bicycle industry, the Bikes Belong Foundation was created primarily to lobby Congress to support funding for bicycling facilities in America. Coming off enormous success as a trade organization, Bikes Belong created the Bikes Belong Foundation as a 501c3 non-profit to enable organizations from outside the bike business to make contributions. One of the most effective non-profits in America, Bikes Belong manages to convert every dollar it receives into $1,800 in government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike programs and bike facilities. Visit www.bikesbelong.org for more information.
This ride wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to the Bikes Belong Foundation, Red Bull, BikeReg.com, Strava.com, SRAM, Cannondale, Thule, The Ride Studio Cafe, Rapha, Embrocation Journal Magazine, Light and Motion, Mad alchemy, Firefly Bicycles, and others.