Ride on Chicago raises more than $100k

The PeopleForBikes Ride on Chicago successfully reached its destination last week and exceeded its fundraising goal of $100,000 for better bicycling.

Previously known as the Ride on Washington to coincide with the National Bike Summit, the ride moved to the midwest this year. Founded by pro racer Tim Johnson in 2011, the Ride on Chicago aims to raise funds and awareness for better riding conditions in the U.S.

The five-day ride started in Kansas City, Missouri, traveled east to St. Louis, then north to Chicago. Twenty-five riders of varying backgrounds, professions, and abilities—including Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler, retired pro racer Christian Vande Velde, and Skratch Labs founder Allen Lim—averaged around 100 miles a day.

“This wonderful, highly successful Ride on Chicago celebrated the importance of working together—on a bike ride, in fundraising, and speaking with one strong voice for better bike riding,” concluded PeopleForBikes president Tim Blumenthal.

The route traversed a variety of bike infrastructure, including multi-use paths, rail-trails, rural farm roads, busy suburban streets, and finished on protected bike lanes in downtown Chicago.

“On this ride, we get to see firsthand how bikes are being integrated into town and city planning,” said ride founder Tim Johnson. “It’s clear how further investment in bike infrastructure can make a big difference in communities across the country. My hope is that the racing community will increase their support of these and other important projects.”

PeopleForBikes plans to repeat the ride again in 2015. For more information or to get involved, contact Kate Powlison at PeopleForBikes at kate@peopleforbikes.org.

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