Cyclist Tim Johnson departed Boston Friday morning to begin the second annual 520-mile Ride on Washington to advocate for continued funding for bike paths, sidewalks and other pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the federal transportation bill.
The five-day event is an invitational bike ride for 20 riders that covers a span of 520 miles beginning in Boston and making stops in Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore before ending at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. The ride is being sponsor by SRAM.
The ride brings together advocates, industry leaders, and racing clubs at nightly receptions in each host city in an effort to raise local awareness about national bike initiatives. The event also aims to create discussion and attention around the social and health benefits of bicycling.
“SRAM stands behind the mission of Bikes Belong and it has never been more important,” said David Zimberoff, global marketing director at SRAM. “With federal funding for bicycling in danger, and the U.S. facing continuing health crises, it is vital that cycling be a solution that is accessible to as many people as possible. We are honored to be part of an event that raises awareness for the crucial work of national advocacy groups like Bikes Belong.”
Other major sponsors of the event include Bicycling magazine, Cannondale, CatEye, Firefly Bicycles, Fuji Bicycles, Mad Alchemy and Red Bull.