Lucky donor to receive new bicycle

Rider finds way to make it easier to solicit pledges

Long-time Ecology Center supporter John Lloyd has found a way to make it easier for him to ask friends to pledge to make contributions to the Ecology Center in connection with the organization's EcoRide.

One of the traditions of the ride is to award a new bicycle to the rider who raises the most money, and another one of the ride's traditions is that Lloyd is usually the most successful at generating pledges.

And Lloyd has made it his tradition to raffle off the bike, donated to the Ecology Center by local bike shop Wheels in Motion, to one of his donors.

"It works out well because I don't feel bad about asking for their contributions," Lloyd said.  "A lot of people support the work of the Ecology Center anyway and so they're happy to pitch in when I ask them."

Lloyd recently met with DeWight Plotner, owner of Wheels in Motion, to talk about how they'll deliver the new bike to the lucky winner.

More than 150 bicyclists joined 50 other volunteers and community supporters at this year's EcoRide, held on June 24. EcoRide has been a regional tradition for decades, one of the first events organized by the Ecology Center after its founding in 1971 and one of the first large bicycle tours in the region.

This year's tour returned to some historic roots, including a start near downtown, at Riverside Park, and also featured stops at sites that promote local environmental accomplishments like greenbelt preservation, healthy local food, recycling, sustainable transportation and climate action in our community.

Plotner and Wheels in Motion are also long-term supporters of the Ecology Center and numerous other community organizations and events. "Part of being in business is trying to enhance the community," Plotner said.  "We not just a retailer; we're here to improve the community."

While in a relatively new location on Washtenaw, Wheels in Motion dates its origins to the much loved Campus Bike and Toy, founded by Plotner's father and his brother in 1933.

EcoLink — August 2012 Ecolink
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