Two dozen different organizations, publications and participants shared their Climate Ride stories in the weeks leading up to, during, and after the NYC-DC ride this year. Sponsors, donors, beneficiaries, and of course riders all shared their unique perspectives on what our rides mean to them. We are extremely grateful for their kind words.
Stories ranged from the humorous to the poignant and some relied purely on facts. There was no denying the enthusiasm, however, about reducing our collective carbon footprint, implementing clean transportation initiatives, and working toward a healthy planet and sustainable future.
Here are some of the posts shared with us:
Eight Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), who did not know each other before the ride started, compared Climate Ride to a "mini Peace Corps experience."
Read RPCV's Bike 300 Miles for Climate on the National Peace Corps Association site
Climate Ride beneficiary Green America gave us a nice shout-out on their Green Business Network blog.
Read East Coast Climate Ride Rallies at US Capitol
East coast transplant Gaby of the Alliance for Climate Education gave us this great write-up on how she racked up over 1,000 miles in training laps around Central Park.
Read Hot & Bothered: Climate Ride NYC - DC
An engineer at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center and his wife document their ride on the Odenton-Severn News.
Read Local Couple Bikes 300 miles for the Environment
Via the Patchogue Patch Newsletter, a Renewable Energy Long Island team raises $4,925 for Climate Ride NYC - DC.
Read Medford Woman Biking 300 miles for a Greener Long Island
A chemistry professor at Rider University who teaches courses about sustainability and environmental science is riding his second Climate Ride, which also offers him the opportunity to ride thru his hometown.
Read City Man to Bike to D.C. for Fundraiser from The Beacon
A new anaerobic digestion plant opening up in Washington, DC plans to reduce the city’s carbon footprintl. Members from that project participated in this year’s Climate Ride.
Read Cambi Sets to Open New Hydrolysis Plant, Participate in Climate Ride on Scientific American - Energy & Sustainability
Geraldine Carter, Climate Ride co-founder writes about why she rides.
Read Why I Ride #17: To Save the Climate (and Intrigue the Cats) on the League of American Bicyclists Blog
In-Kind Donors, Purely Elizabeth, had a team member riding the NYC - DC Climate Ride. Each year Purely Elizabeth donates 1% of their sales to a non-profit organization committed to bettering the health of our environment. This year they decided to give that 1% to Climate Ride.
Read Purely Elizabeth Takes on Climate Ride
Prior to riding down the Appalachians from upstate New York to Asheville, NC, this retiree from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tackled Climate Ride.
Read The Warrior's Path from Crazy Guy on a Bike
Rider Ashley Hunt-Martorano, Supervisor of Program Operations at Conservation Services Group, posted daily blog updates from the ride.
Read ecoAsh's Climate Ride Coverage
Rider Rose Chaffee Cohen, who represented The School for Field Studies on the NYC-DC Climate Ride, gave the ride comprehensive coverage on the blog for Kent Place School, where she teaches.
Read Rose's Climate Ride coverage
Watch Kent Place School's YouTube channel
Two Bloomfield News blog posts highlight Ted Glick, 62, a 2002 U.S. Senate candidate of the New Jersey Green Party. Ted is currently the National Policy Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Read Bloomfield Resident Will Ride 300 Miles to Help Climate Crisis
Read Patch Personal Story: Climate Ride
Bike Arlington’s blog documented rider Zanna Worzella's progress in their forum.
Read Zanna Climate Ride Update
Lisa Daniels, the Executive Director and Founder of Windustry, a beneficiary of the NYC-DC Climate Ride.
Read Lisa Daniels Finishes Climate Ride on Windustry News
Kyle Lukacs, a program coordinator at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy detailed his Climate Ride experiences in their blog.
Read Climate Riders Nearing the End of Their Amazing Adventure
Climate Ride NYC-DC 2012 participant Jenny Cooper of Environmental Defense Fund contributed to EcoSalon’s blog posts.
Read Pedaling for Sustainable Solutions on EcoSalon - A Conscious Culture & Fashion Blog
Silver Spring News made Climate Ride its 'Photo of the Day' on Day 5.
Read Climate Riders Take a Break in Silver Spring
Bay Area Cleantech startup Skip To Renew's in-kind donation of bio-based Re:Cyclist Bike Chain Lubricant kept many a rider pedaling happily (and consciously) to the Capitol.
Read Cleantech Company Walks the Talk, Sponsors Climate Ride on the Skip to Renew blog
Scott Miller, a Columbia University student earning a MS in Sustainability Management raised over $3,000.00 for the university's Earth Institute.
Read MSSM Student Goes the Extra Mile for Earth Institute Programs
The fine folks at NRDC, one of the largest teams on this year's ride, posted numerous entries to their blog. Here are a few:
Read Climate Ride Rolls Strong
Read 300 Miles Stronger
Read Riding for the Climate
Read Generating Support for Cleaner Air Through Bike Advocacy
Tara Noftsier, a seasoned blogger who was part of the NYC-DC Climate Ride Social Media team, detailed her experiences.
Read Climate Ride - 2012 NYC-DC on Dragonbug Blog
Our friends at Mightybytes gave us a couple shout-outs as well on their blog.
Read Heroin vs. Cycling: Some Post-Climate Ride Thoughts
Read Tires and Wires: Content Outreach on the NYC-DC 2012 Climate Ride
Sharon Rowe expressed, “Community Matters and it's inspiring when you spend 24 hours a day with really smart people working on important stuff!”
Read Sharon Rowe's Climate Ride on the Green Guru Network Blog
Kaid Benfield, director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote about the evolution of the bike lane and gave Climate Ride a mention in the process.
Read The Evolution of the Bike Lane on The Atlantic Cities Blog
As Geraldine put it in the blog link mentioned above, "the power is within us to change the world – one person at a time, one bicycle at a time." Thanks very much to all for sharing your Climate Ride experiences. We are sincerely grateful.
Day Five Ride Highlights