Pedaling from Grand Rapids to Chicago to benefit the Ecology Center

Team taking part in Climate Ride Midwest

A team led by Ecology Center staff member Kate Harris will be pedaling from Grand Rapids to Chicago early next month, raising money every mile of the way.

The nine-member team has raised nearly $15,000 for Climate Ride Midwest, four days of 60-to-80 mile days biking through scenic farmland, lake views and city streets in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.Climate Ride logo

Harris, grants director at the Ecology Center, recruited friends and neighbors to join the A2Rides team and each rider worked to secure pledges, a portion of which will support the Ecology Center.

“Our goal is $25,200, and we’re almost there,” Harris says. “Anyone wanting to support a member of our team can do so byclicking here by Thursday, Aug. 28.”

Climate Ride is a national organization that organizes rides and hikes in different regions of the country to raise money for environmental and alternative-transportation causes, but also to provide folks the opportunity to meet and network with other leaders and activists.

“Each evening of the rides, expert speakers educate and inspire participants about sustainability, climate, the green economy, and active transportation,” according to the organization’s website. “Our participants and the communities we pass through learn that our government, businesses, and each individual American will benefit from a cleaner, healthier planet.”

“The Ecology Center has been a leader in the environmental movement since 1970, a unique blend of education, advocacy and service,” Harris says. “The Ecology Center is the brains and the brawn behind everything from model recycling services in Ann Arbor to fighting for climate-change policies on Capitol Hill. We want healthy people and a healthy planet, so we're glad there's an Ecology Center in our community.”

Local sponsors for the A2Rides team include bike shops Wheels in Motion, and Transition Rack; andMeadowlark BuildersArbor Brewing Company hosted a fundraising event.

The participants “are helping to provide much-needed financial support, raising awareness, engaging other riders, and helping to build a national network of supporters,” according to a statement from Climate Ride. Proceeds from the events benefit environmental and active transportation non-profits, and participants can choose to direct grants to the non-profit of their choice.

 

EcoLink — August 2014
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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