While biking back from Laguna Point this last Friday I noticed a flyer along the Haul Rd. at one spot. I checked it out and it said “Climate Ride” with a big black arrow. It got me to wondering what that was all about since nobody was posting flyers for my “Climate Ride”:) I checked the Internet and found that it was an organization that sponsored two 5 day bike rides a year to raise money for various groups supporting clean energy and a better environment. The two rides are a Northern California route from Fortuna, CA to San Francisco (May 19-23rd) and a route that goes from New York City to Washington D.C.(September 21-25th) Their mission statement taken from their website states:
“STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The mission of Climate Ride is to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. We use sport as a means to change lives and build an effective, citizen-based sustainability movement.
CLIMATE RIDE PROGRAM GOALS
Raise money for groundbreaking sustainability, climate, clean energy, and bicycle-related projects and organizations.
Raise the profile of renewable energy and the green economy among participants, donors, sponsors, and the general public.
Increase awareness and understanding of the inter-connectedness of environmental issues caused by the climate crisis among participants, donors, sponsors, and the general public.
Foster a sense of civic duty and participation that encourages engagement with members of Congress, elected officials, and national leaders.
Promote the bicycle as a viable, carbon-free, healthy, and critical component of a green transportation infrastructure.
Motivate individuals to take responsibility for reducing their carbon and energy footprint.
Develop multiple Climate Ride events that galvanize a worldwide network of Climate Riders.”
You can check out their site here. They have some YouTube coverage on their blog where you can see some of the Mendocino Coast. Thinking back to the early part of the week I remembered a large group of bike riders coming down the hill at Van Damme SP beach heading south while I was heading north. That must have been them.