Magazine article National Parks

Pedaling for the Planet

Magazine article National Parks

Pedaling for the Planet

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NPCA's employees and supporters raise more than $50,000 to address climate change in the parks by simply riding their bikes.

Five days, 300 miles, two wheels.

That's the journey thousands of people have tackled as participants in Climate Ride, a series of events that have raised $2 million dollars in the last seven years for NPCA and more than 100 other organizations addressing climate change.

"Climate Ride really is a group ride- not a race-and the best thing about it is the fact that everyone's out there to protect the environment," says Ben Sander, NPCA's Climate Ride liaison, and manager of NPCA's ParkScapes travel program.

Sander is one of a dozen NPCA employees who have participated in Climate Ride events including the route from New York to Washington, D.C.: "You start off riding through part of Manhattan, then take the ferry across the Hudson River, and go by Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and get your first chance to meet all the riders, then you all launch as one huge peloton in New Jersey and tackle that first hill together," he says. …

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