Bike Down

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BIKE DOWN! for OAKLAND UPCYCLE!

AUGUST 12-14, 2016!

 

This yearʻs benefit ride for the Oakland UpCycle, a Cycles of Change program that has given away over 1,000 bikes to adults who lacked reliable transportation. This is our last year of funding for our Oakland UpCycle contract with Alameda County, but we need to match it with $90K to finish out this contract and do the amazing work we have been doing to get make bikes accessible to our community!

ABOUT OAKLAND UPCYCLE

Initiated in 2009, Oakland UpCycle (formerly known as Bike-Go-Round) is our first program for adults. We outfit new commuters with everything needed to make bicycling their primary form of transportation—a bicycle, helmet, lock, safety lights, rack and panniers, classes in maintenance and safe riding, and support in finding routes and using public transportation.

 

In the last three years the Oakland UpCycle project has served 500 new bicycle commuters, employed 5 young people in our neighborhood bike centers, and reused over 750 bicycles. Oakland UpCycle operates out of The Bikery, our community bicycle education, repair center and used bike shop.  The Bikery has a youth-operated earn-a-bike program and serves both adults and youth participants of various Cycles of Change programs.  Our low-cost repairs and sliding scale prices are vital to keep new as well as seasoned bike commuters wheeling everyday.

 

ABOUT THE RIDE

 

For three days, you will combine your love of cycling with your passion for social justice by pedaling along the Russian River and Sonoma Coast with Cycles of Change.  Over the three days, we will be riding through a wide variety of the most majestic scenery the North Bay Area has to offer! The first night will be spent camping in the ancient redwood forests near the Russian River and the second night we will be camping at Bodega Beach. We are prepared to support riders of all skill levels! More details to come!

 

SIGN UP TO RIDE!

 

By joining the ride, you’ll not only be supporting Cycles of Change – you’ll also be building community with like-minded people, learning about other projects working to build healthy, sustainable communities, and riding through beautiful places.  

 

Riders are asked to make a MINIMUM fundraising commitment of $500 (and encouraged to commit to raising more than the minimum) to participate in the ride. Please keep in mind that this ride is a benefit to sustain one of Cyclesʻ most valued programs! We recognize that each person has different financial circumstances and ability to access resources, and we strive to be able to accept participants regardless of their ability to raise funds. With this in mind, we will provide LOTS of support to help you raise money. If you have questions or concerns about the fundraising commitment, please let us know!  

 

Your fundraising commitment covers:

A support and gear vehicle to carry baggage

Food and lodging for the duration of the trip

Liability insurance for the riders

 

It does not cover:

Transportation to the start of the ride

Bicycles or bike gear

Souvenirs, mementos, or parties

Health insurance

 

Scholarships are available for young people under the age of 20 with limited resources to cover the cost of the ride, transportation, bicycles, etc. You’re still on your own for parties, though.

 

Space is limited! Sign up today!  

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 8TH, 2016

 

To receive an application, please e-mail bikedown@cyclesofchange.org  As soon as your application is accepted, you’ll receive an information packet with lots of helpful information, including fundraising resources, a detailed itinerary, packing list, and more!

 

A $100 deposit is required to secure your place in the ride.  

 

SUPPORT THE RIDE WITHOUT RIDING!

There are lots of ways to support the ride, even if you can’t join us!

 

SPONSOR A RIDER!

Make a donation to Cycles of Change and your money will go towards the Youth Bike Down scholarship fund, enabling young people to go on the ride.  Please be sure to put “Bike Down” in the memo field. Click HERE to donate online, or mail a check to: 1246 23rd Ave, Oakland CA 94606

 

DONATE SOMETHING FROM OUR WISH LIST

We’re looking for a 15 passenger van, food, and a 6ʻx12ʻ trailer for the ride.  

 

SPREAD THE WORD

Tell your friends, family, and community about Bike Down!