What is the NBG?
The National Bicycle Greenway is envisioned as a nationwide network of interconnected bike friendly roads and bicycle pathways that will connect cyclists to major cities all throughout the US. In developing a standard for these thruways that emphasizes safety and efficacy, the NBG will give its highest priority to the transportational cyclist. In advancing this cause, click here to see what we have accomplished since 1987.
What is the Mayors' Ride?
Starting from big cities in all four corners of the US, with the blessings of the mayors in each of these municipalities, relay teams of National Bicycle Greenway (NBG) cyclists, as the move across America, will collect support from the leaders of 33 other large population centers. As these bicycle adventurers pass through supporting NBG Day cities they will receive proclamations in ceremonies ranging from fifteen minute certificate presentations to media extravaganzas that have included police escorts, newspaper, TV and radio interviews and hordes of photographers. Some have also seen displays and public speaking that celebrate advancements in the local two wheel way of life. To insure that these events will make for unforgettable celebrations, the National Bicycle Greenway has made available an easy to follow checklist for event planning. All this energy will converge on Chicago, IL on July 30 for the 3rd Annual NBG Bike Fest.
Why Mayors Rides?
By underscoring the fun of cycling before local decision makers all across America, we are reminding them that the bicycle can help to solve many of the woes that automobile oriented planning has brought upon them. As our riders also use their Pocket Mailers to daily chronicle the conditions of the roads they travel to reach these celebrations, a real face is given to the efforts of the cyclist in each of these areas. The efforts of those bicycle activists working to make two wheel transit safer and thereby more attractive for everyone in these areas will also be showcased.
The Mayors' Ride is a fully self supported ride made by a relay rider(s) (at least one and never more than 10) who determines his own routing, as well as provides for his own lodging needs whether the choice be hotels or camping. Departure dates are suggested as well as flexible. Arrival dates are firm as per the schedule.
We suggest that you use the email addresses found at the schedule for the link you are interested in to determine how you might like to work together in all of this! Do also get a look at what Jim Redd did last year Go the bottom and click on Chicago-DesMoines
Here is what we did for the Mayor's Ride last year
Here is the checklist your Mayor's office will be getting to ensure a successful event:
What is a Pocket Mail report?
While in transit, riders will be sending reports from the road back to the NBG website on their Pocket Mailers. To see a Pocket Mailer click here. If you want to see reports from last year's Pocket Mail riders, click here.
What is the NBG Bike Fest?
NBG cyclists and the community gather together to celebrate cycling. It is a fun and festive way for people to learn about the NBG and how it benefits their life, health, and community! Check out what we did at last year's successful Santa Cruz event, which we hope to replicate nationwide