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We started this adventure when our whanau of four kids left no time for me to exercise or do anything much for myself. As a survivor of an aggressive cancer that messed with my body as much as my h... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Started driving my daughter to school from Brookfield to Bethlehem on Friday. Traveled a short distance before witnessing a heavy traffic on Millers Road as far as the eye could see. Knowing that S... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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One of the goals I set for myself when I started my new job at TCC was to bike to work. My role is Corporate Sustainability Lead, so biking makes sense for a lot of reasons. Fitness, wellbeing, env... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Yvonne Rooney Thanks for sharing your journey! Can't wait to hear more about how you're finding your bike commute. I know that ha... read more

My grandparents owned a bike shop in the UK so I have always loved bikes. Their bike shop was famous in the local area and everyone got their bike from Renhams. I used to love the smell of the sho... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

The Safe and Sustainable Journeys team took a Christmas Ride to end our 2019 work year. All 6 of us rode the Ngongotaha cycleway and then the newly built Linton Park cycleway :)

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Like all great adventures, it was a lot more fun planning the route and pedaling there, then actually being there. Even though circling the lake, on the pedestrian and bike path is pretty darn nic... read more

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Discovering new city or county parks by bike is always fun. This one is a bit of a distance from Madison, but it's a great park and the riding in the area is beautiful: Magnolia Bluff County Park. ... read more

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#IBActive scavenger hunts has been a really fun way for me to show my family around and explore IB even more. Getting out and being active❤️-AmandaPBToast

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You never know what influence you have over friends and acquaintances. An acquaintance from my yoga class excitedly told me she'd brought an e-bike during lockdown. I've now been out riding with he... read more

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The Heiskala family is loving this challenge, thank you!

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In January 2015, I weighed almost 300 lbs, was on oxygen, unable to walk more than 10 steps without collapsing and developed a heart murmur. My cardiologist told me I could decide either to live or... read more

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Back in May we decided to do a 60 miler, but ended up been a 9 & half hours in the saddle for fun!

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#PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive I dropped off food donation at Cargo Bike Shop for food drive.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Today, was another great day to ride. I was tracing a set route today, which put me on Harbor drive part of the time. For those who ride it routinely, in combination with the Silver Strand. Th... read more

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Having been visiting family in London I decided why not follow the bike route into the city.

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Bought canned goods at Festival Foods by bike, dropped at the Cargo Bike Shop. #PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive

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TeamStuud can’t wait to get out on our bikes today to finish the #IBactive scavenger hunt. Such a great way to have some fun.

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After a few weeks off my bike due to the poor air quality, it was great to finally get a ride in. From my home in Cupertino, it's a quick ride down Stelling and then a right onto Prospect Road. S... read more

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Thanks to everyone who is donating to the #PedalForGood Cycle September Food Drive! We picked up the first round of donations this week at Wheel & Sprocket Middleton (pic), The Cargo Bike Shop, Nef... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Leuk dat we vanuit de organisatie actief het 'Fietsen' gaan oppakken en dat we met ze allen als doel hebben om meer te gaan fietsen. Door te zien dat collega's ook fietsen, foto's met elkaar te del... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Having not rode a bike in years I bought a bike and cycled to and from work. Found it in Invigorating, fresh, although a little tiring. Will continue to ride, ride, ride.

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Come out and do the scavenger hunt this weekend! #IBACTIVE

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Having fun with family and friends riding around town doing the scavenger hunt. We love IB! #IBactive

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We love our town! And taking part in the #IBActive scavenger hunts have been such fun way for us to get out and get active as a family. Bonus is finding cool new places in our laid back beach town.... read more

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Karen Bland Whoohoo! Thanks!

My one and only ride on a Schwinn Sting-Ray ended a promising bicycling career with a dramatic crash. Years later, my Encourager taught me to scoot, balance, and ride a Dahon Mariner folding bicycl... read more

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Loving the scavenger hunt challenges as well as the different points of interest that I’m just finding out about. life6ybike #IBactive

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Stopped at Black Saddle Bike shop on my ride home from work and dropped off some donations for the #bikefooddrive. Grabbed a new tire while I was there, great shop and people! #pedalforgood

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Zia Brucaya Thanks for donating, Luke!

Whether, they're quaint, quirky or trendy I love discovering an independent coffee shop along the way. A few week back, I discovered a great coffee spot in Quainton. Today, I came across Surfi... read more

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(I wrote a little poem, maybe cheesy, maybe not) You go round and round below me Upon this seat, I take in the view beside me For as far, as the eye can see My heart is happy, on my bike, I f... read more

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Since I was 16 I have cycled everywhere and taken my bike with me to all the cities I have lived in: Liverpool, Leeds and London. Its helped me stay in shape and save on all my commutes to univers... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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And now for something completely different! In addition to supporting local businesses, Bike Month is a fine time to support our local food banks. Check out this map of bike shops that are acceptin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Susan Hollingsworth ... well, I can't include a link apparently! Thbbbbbt. To check out the map, search for BikeFoodDrive or PedalForGood. ... read more
Zia Brucaya This is such a great story, thank you for posting, Susan! And thanks to Edgewood College for supporting your efforts!

Second time participating in #ibactive scavenger hunt. Lots of fun for family to get out in the fresh air. Great way to learn history of our city!! gaby1219 family loves this outdoor activity!!

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Bloom has an amazing biscuit sandwich with roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and greens -- alas, they have a limited menu for the pandemic, and I cannot get my favorite sandwich. Instead,... read more

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I cycle often and everywhere and have done since childhood. My mum barely walks anywhere. For a girls trip we booked Center Parcs and I knew getting her moving would be a challenge so I booked us b... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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There is no bad weather just bad clothing choices. When it rains, use fenders and rain gear, when it snows, wear layers. When it is smokey, wear a mask with a good filter. Everyone stay safe out th... read more

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I participated in the Mid City Scavenger Hunt and had so much fun riding around, learning/finding new places in the city, & supporting local businesses. I’m glad to be participating in the #IBActiv... read more

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Did my last Brick session yesterday before the 113 Cotswold triathlon on 20 9 20. It's 1.2 miles lake swim, 56 mile cycle, then 13 mile run. All for fun! For those that don't know what a brick ses... read more

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I have never ridden a bicycle before, I tired learning in 2016 but I fell off the bicycle and broke my ligament and I had to do an ACL operation. Since then I have not sat on a bicycle again but wh... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Loving the #ibactive scavenger hunt!

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This is our second round and we love it!

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I’m so excited that I decided to participate in the iBactive Scavenger Unit. It’s so fun to ride around and learn a new area of town. You gotta do it. TrayCray #iBactive

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On Cycling UK's 'World's Biggest Bike Ride' day 2020 I set out to meet a longish-standing personal challenge. A few years ago when approaching retirement, I determined to use my bike more and my... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I'm having alot of fun participating in these bicycle scavenger hunts. IBactive is my 2nd one as Mid City was my first. The 1st time was such a great fun experience I couldn't wait to do it again. ... read more

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Recovering from a hand injury after falling in a half-marathon. I have been delayed riding but got some miles in today. Mostly one handed but riding!

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Riding with the kids Carriej #Ibactive

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Riding with the kids Carriej Ibactive

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It turned out I needed a smarter phone to order curbside -- but Colectivo is offering curbside pickup via a smartphone app, and they also have Bike Bennies in non-pandemic times, and special treats... read more

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Kids took a solo ride #ibactive

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Sylvie Froncek What's your team name so we can give you bonus points?
Carrie Jiampa How many yellow slides are there at Veteran's Park? 4. Team name is carriej

Our family time can often be found on 6 wheels! Whether it is riding around the block during “recess”, to the beach for a quick dip, or uptown for happy hour at CBC or Hess!!! I will cherish our fa... read more

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Sylvie Froncek What's your team name so we can give you bonus points?
Sylvie Froncek OwenFam?