Biking is a fantastic way to explore a new area, get a healthy dose of exercise, and even raise awareness about a cause. In fact, plenty of people are biking for a cause these days, taking to the saddle and setting out on a ride to give their passions some much needed attention. Ranging from animal awareness to sustainability, these are a few cyclists with a cause that have caught our eye lately.
Adopt, don’t shop! [Image: http://www.wheresbixby.com/]
Mike Minnick and his five-year-old furry companion
, Bixby, are on a bike adventure to raise awareness for shelter pups. Mike quit his day job, attached Bixby’s dog bed to his eccentric Yuba Mundo cargo bike, grabbed a rubber safety chicken (Chicken Charlie), and made his way out of Texas on a mission. In the past year, Mike and Bixby have ridden over 9,000-miles across more than 30 states, stopping at over 50 adoption shelters along the way. Their goal is to help some lucky dogs meet their new best friends and shift people away from dangerous puppy mills to the nonprofit services of local shelters. Track Mike and Bixby’s adventure through their site Where’s Bixby?
Biking and Breathing
Earth science teacher and bike commuter, Myrna Gatica, helping out the Biking and Breathing project. [Image: http://www.wnyc.org/]
, New York’s Public Radio station, is coupling with Columbia scientists for a project called Biking and Breathing
where they’ll be studying the air quality on city streets. Air quality is typically measured from stationary boxes located high above street level, however, it’s difficult to know exactly how many fine particles and air pollution a person is ingesting in the city. Equipped with portable air quality measuring tools, cyclists are helping WNYC and Columbia measure pollution from a commuter’s perspective. The results are sure to be a bit scary, but we’re excited to see them. And in the meantime, WNYC is working on another project called Bike Blockers
where cyclists send in their photos of blocked bike lanes and WNYC creates an interactive map of all the locations. Overall they’re bringing a ton of attention to biking in a big city, something no commuter can complain about!
Marissa Muller and her awesome solar-powered bike. [Image: http://greenfiretimes.com/]
is traveling from California
to Washington D.C. on a solar-powered bicycle to raise awareness about wellness. Muller isn’t racing or trying to break a record, but what this cycling gal
is accomplishing is pretty amazing regardless. Along her trip of biking more than 3,000-miles across ten states, she aims to engage with locals and set up meetings to discuss improving both physical wellness and wellness for our planet.
Cycle for Water
Michiel and Joost on their 2010 Cycle for Water adventure with their bamboo bikes. [Image: http://calfeedesign.com/]
Beginning five years ago, Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg formed Cycle for Water
where they cycled about 30,000-kilometers on bamboo bicycles from the Arctic
to the Antarctic, giving attention to the global water crisis. Their cause raises funds for those that don’t have access to clean water, and now their adventure has expanded even more. They recently passed the torch along to Theo Rohfritsch and Simon Valdenaire who will ride 25,000-kilometers from France to New Zealand. The next step they’re working on is linking primary school students with a water project in a different part of the world.
A group of California’s Climate Ride participants. [Image: http://pacificenvironment.org/]
Promoting sustainability, alternate modes of transportation, and environmental causes is what the Climate Ride
is all about. Through multi-day rides, hikes, and a do-it-yourself program, they are creating a network where people can contribute to a cause they’re passionate about. They have a few different Climate Ride options around the country to take advantage of: Climate Ride Northeast
takes place over five days through Maine
, New Hampshire
, and Massachusetts
; Climate Ride California
spans through beautiful Northeast California from the Redwood
Empire to San Francisco; Climate Ride Midwest
is a three day trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago; and Climate Ride NYC-DC
, which is unfortunately on a break for 2015, is a ride that connects two of the nation’s most important cities over the course of five days.
If all this talk has got you amped up and in need of exerting some extra energy, then hop on your bike and explore a beautiful area near you. Maybe you’ll find Bixby along the way or will become impassioned with your own cause. Either way, our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps will be sure to aid in your journey!