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All of September I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge. It's a fund raiser to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research. It's my 4th time doing it. I love it and I feel GR... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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In 2018, my husband and I planned to travel to Europe to complete the Camino de Santiago by bicycle. We cancelled our trip after finding that his cancer (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) had reared it’s hea... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Matt Miller This is cool to hear about! I've been seeing and hearing about virtual rides since COVID hit and hadn't heard any f... read more
Margie Biddick Hey Matt! It was so much fun!! I road all the miles outdoors either mtb, road, or cross bikes. I used Strava to keep track ... read more

It took me a while to want to leave my house at all during the pandemic. I did not show up well for myself in the beginning and my mind got the best of me for longer than I would like to admit. I h... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Matt Miller Well said Meggan! I'm right there with you. Funky days can be eclipsed by even a short pedal in the neighborhood. Move... read more

The City of Santa Cruz has launched a Slow Streets program, and we are looking for neighborhoods to nominate their streets! The Slow Streets program is designed to limit through traffic on cert... read more

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Matt Miller This is awesome! Way to go City of Santa Cruz going from Slow Streets concept to roll out in such a short window. More spac... read more
Joanna Nelson Thank you! Our neighborhood is nominating itself. Hooray for Slow Streets!

Last year in May, I decided that I did not not want to ride to work anymore and bought an electric bike. In that time I have gone down to a one-car family. I just hit 2000 miles on my bike. That is... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Leah Schaperow That's awesome! I also ride a rad power bike! I love watching the miles add up!
Julie Munnerlyn YOU are AMAZING Christa. E-Bike inspiration. Power On!

Another Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes employee trades in her keys for a helmet and commutes to work. Our kitchen Manager, Maria is dedicated to preparing healthy lunches and feeding anyone who n... read more

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Matt Miller This is so great, way to go Maria!

When COVID hit and I made it through the initial shock wave, I started looking for ways to help Santa Cruz community members in need. Food access was top of mind, especially in those early days of ... read more

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Gina Morimoto Awesome!!! Great job!
Meggan Wenbourne Yay Matt! Thanks for being such a positive person in this community. We are all better people for knowing you.

Sadly I missed the big company ride this past weekend, but had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ireland. This was my first time ever in Europe and I wanted to make the most of my ONE day of... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

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Meggan Wenbourne This is awesome! I never thought about diving and biking!!! Woo!
Azure Serafini That would be a feat!

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

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I've been riding this route for years, besides the other routes. Today I almost ran a coyote over, pretty scary. Think I may change this route for sure! They always come to the creek late in the ev... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Milton Keynes is a fabulous place for biking with a lot more to experience than you can ever imagine.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

There are lots of scenic routes around Baltimore. I chose one from Patterson Park to Towson that a former colleague recommended. A beautiful ride on a beautiful day!

Topic: My commute by bike

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What is great about biking is what you see from those two wheels. Today, I saw a Heron alongside a brook in Loughton. Great spot! We had a face off! :) Was so great to pause and enjoy nature!

Topic: My commute by bike

Harald's park story has inspired me! When I was signing up for Democracy in the Park, I was looking for a park that I could easily bike to. I didn't end up choosing this one, but it sure fits that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

My friend Steve and me had a nice ride for brekkie then a ferry ride to carry on cycling

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I decided it was time to change vague dreaming to reality and set off on a Lands End to John o Groats bike ride. Fourteen days and 983 miles later I arrived at JoG after a spectacular trip throug... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Mad Gibbo Needs some pics Kevin!!!
Kevin Blick I’ve put some on the site somewhere.

Jay's cycles is a local friendly bike repair and servicing company based a few miles from Brighton with easy parking. We cover everything from small puncture fixes to full services and rebuilds! W... read more

Topic: Other

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Great prizes to be won! Including bikes, back packs; adventures trips; restaurant vouchers and so much more. If they haven't rode much and or want to particiapte in riding opportunities, check out... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Lexy loves to ride to and from home to work at RPA campus "..it saves me time and I don't have to sit in crowded transport or a car - it works for me. Also great for the environment and I get my h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Watch this space for - workers cycling to and from RPA to Coogee

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Across SLHD there are bike parking facillities see your site's Transport Access Guides for end of trip facilities: Balmain Canterbury Concord RPAH SLHD Community Centres have their own TAG... read more

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Theres a gang of 30 of from Sheffield and around taking part in #cycle4sepsis in memory and love for my partner Dan who died in 2018. We range from age 6 to seventy something and are cycling outsi... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Wiltshire: Wylye Valley (Nat Cycling Network - NCN 24). Limited-stop training ride: Warminster and Wilton only. Start and finish: Wylye village, off A303. The Wylye valley in Wiltshire is one of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I wasn't sure where to take this photo at the Monroe Street Farmers Market, but settled on the bike parking area. The Monroe St. Market is held in a parking lot where there's not close-by parking, ... read more

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When truck drivers make a massive effort by losing their momentum on a hill, by dropping into a low gear and crawl up behind you to keep you safe, make a big show of how hard you are trying to get ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I love to cycle for exercise and overall emotional health. I biked with my kids on a 5-day trip in Colorado, sponsored by the Adventure Cycling Association, in 2013, and we covered over 150 miles. ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Courtney Reynolds It’s amazing what exercise can do to help with emotional well-being. Thanks for sharing this!
Steven Friedman Thank you very much.

I'm the team captain on the Madison Bikes Love to Ride group. To keep our group motivated (not that they really need that...) we did a little prize drawing at the end of Madison Bike Week: A handma... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I have ridden in all the places we have lived. Now the girls are independent riders and are very interested, so time to get the show on the road!

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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My first bike was red. I still love the colour red now and my electric car is red. My second bike was a diamond back (mans version). I love diamonds now especially the one my man gave me. My 3rd an... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low chole... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Fleur Ammerlaan Love it!
Tom Darville I should have title it bikespotting!

Funny that on car free day as I cycled to work...the roads haven't been this busy in the last 6 months! Tail backs of cars the whole journey...think I was the fastest thing moving!

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Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer, the biggest killer of children from disease in Australia. Children deserve to be living life, not fighting for it. This October, I'm riding 500... read more

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We pedal a lot at night. But now even without our headlights and tail lights turned off, I feel safer. We made home made flag pole lights and they work great too They can see me now! @ibactive... read more

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

Team ricrice are enjoying the IB scavenger Hunt and getting exercise same time. Finding new and great places in a friendly beach community. #IBactive

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

Riding with my oldest son all over Imperial Beach... javier_blackberry Scavenger hunt 2.0 #IBactive

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

I spent Sunday afternoon in Imperial Beach giving out some free bike helmets and assorted safety gear as part of the #IBactive Scavenger Hunt. We had more than 150 teams sign up to play and the pho... read more

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Checked out the 520 trail for week 3! The trail was closed through Microsoft, but the quiet campus provided a straightforward detour. Saw the construction for the new NE 40th tunnel, the Microsoft ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I haven’t been to IB in years, so this IB Scavenger Hunt 2.0 brought me back to the area. On Saturday 9/12, I met a few friends at Two Wheels and off we went to start our scavenging. The weather wa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points again!

A big thanks to Love to Ride, BMC, and all of my supportive team members at Rossi Group!! This friendly initiative has given Rossi team members a way to encourage and be together as we continue to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Zia Brucaya Looks beautiful - this is a new one to me!

#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!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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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David Nelms Awesome job, Susan! Thanks for sharing your story. Congratulations on making each day better than the day before during y... read more

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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Zia Brucaya Thank you for donating!
D K My pleasure!

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

Topic: Other

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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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