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Published June 14, 2010 08:49 PM

Climate Ride Announces new partnership with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Climate Ride announced today a new partnership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for Climate Ride California 2010 this September 21-25. The agreement includes joint promotion and the formation of Team San Francisco Bicycle Coalition during this year’s event, resulting in a portion of funds raised by team members going directly to support bicycle advocacy projects at the Coalition. Registration for Team San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and more information can be found at http://tiny.cc/teamsfbc.

"One of Climate Ride’s goals is to showcase the bicycle as one of the most powerful solutions to the climate crisis," said Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride. "So partnering with the SF Bicycle Coalition is a natural fit. We fully support their mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. If our Climate Riders can pedal 300 miles in 5 days for the climate, then many more people can forgo their carbon-based transportation and ride a bike to work each day."

This year's event — Brita Climate Ride California 2010 — will also raise funds for three hardworking non-profits, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Green America, and 1Sky. Climate Ride is the first multi-day, multi-city bicycle ride to address climate change and renewable energy issues. Climate Ride also endeavors to show that the bicycle is the ultimate carbon-free machine and a viable form of everyday transportation.

"We anticipate this new partnership with Climate Ride will be mutually beneficial for both organizations," said Jodie Medeiros, Development Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. "We’re especially excited about having a presence on the ride as Team San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Not only can we share our mission of utilizing bikes for daily transportation with the Climate Ride community, but we will also be raising funds to help improve the bicycle infrastructure in San Francisco through our Citywide Bike Network campaign."

Climate Ride California 2010 is titled-sponsored by Brita and will take place September 21-25, 2010, beginning near Eureka, CA and finishing in San Francisco. Climate Ride will see hundreds of cyclists pedaling more than 300 miles along a portion of the classic Pacific Coast Bike Route. This "climate conference on wheels" and fundraiser is designed to raise awareness of the climate crisis and renewable energy, and has taken place for the past two years from New York City to Washington, DC. Registration is currently open to 200 cyclists at www.climateride.org. The original Climate Ride East Coast Classic event will take place again in June 2011.

Climate Ride is the first bicycle tour where pedal strokes help raise money and awareness of climate change and hope for a future powered by renewable energy and a green economy. The ride offers people who share a passion for green living and cycling a chance to journey toward making a difference. Like the Climate Riders, Brita, once again the title sponsor, is dedicated to making the Earth a greener place. Thanks to Brita, there won’t be any empty bottled water containers along the route; the riders are supplied with Brita filtered water in special FilterForGood bike bottles.

Each Climate Rider pays a registration fee of $75 and then fundraises at least $2,400 to participate in Brita Climate Ride California 2010. For more information about Climate Ride, Team San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, or to support a participant, please visit www.climateride.org.

About the San Francisco Bike Coalition

Through day-to-day advocacy, education, and working partnerships with government and community agencies, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s active 11,000 members represent San Franciscans of all ages, from all neighborhoods, who are working towards more safe, efficient, and green ways to move around our city. For more information, please visit www.sfbike.org.

About Climate Ride

Climate Ride was founded to raise money for innovative organizations that are working to educate Americans about the impacts of the climate crisis, engage citizens in the possibility of a renewable energy-based economy, and to mobilize government and businesses to enact meaningful climate and energy policies. In 2009, Climate Riders represented more than 30 states and a variety of cycling abilities from novices to competitive cyclists. Videos and photos can be viewed at http://www.climateride.org/rides/experience-the-ride. For more information or to support a participant, please visit www.climateride.org or call 406.871.5477.

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