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Join Team Active Trans for Climate Ride Midwest

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If you’re interested in raising awareness about the effects of climate change and are excited with the prospect of taking a multi-day cycling trip through beautiful countryside, you’re going to want to learn more about joining Active Trans’ Climate Ride team. 

On Monday, June 22, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., we’re holding an informational meeting for Climate Ride Midwest at the Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. 

Free hors d’oeuvres, compliments of Paramount Room, will be served and the first pint is on Active Trans. This event is part of Paramount Room’s monthly series of Bike-in Nights — show your helmet and get special $4 pints and 20 percent off food. 

Climate Ride Board President Tim Frick will be there to talk about the Climate Ride Midwest and answer participant questions.

Climate Ride Midwest, which takes place September 27-30, is a fully-supported multi-day, 308-mile bike tour through beautiful Midwestern landscape. 

Starting in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ending in Chicago’s Grant Park, the ride will raise awareness and funds for groups and charities — including Active Trans — working on climate protection and active transportation issues. 

By riding and raising money for groups like Active Trans, you’re investing not only in a personal challenge for yourself, but also in a better, cleaner world for future generations. 

Last year, the ride raised more than $17,000 for Active Trans’ education and advocacy work to improve walking, biking and public transit for the Chicago metro area. 

Team members will raise money with the help of Active Trans fundraising professionals through group events and individual solicitations. Active Trans will also conduct informal team training rides, provide fundraising challenges (with prizes!) and a give each team member who reaches the goal and rides a sweet Team Active Trans jersey for the group to wear on the first day!

RSVP to Jeanne Newman, jeanne@activetrans.org or 312-216-0460, to attend the Paramount Room event.

“This ride will be an unforgettable experience,” said Frick. “In addition to raising awareness about climate change, the gorgeous scenery on the route — from beautiful Michigan trails to the sand dunes of Indiana and the great stops we’ll make at craft breweries, museums and farm stands — more than make this trip worthwhile. On top of all of that, the funds we raise will help these wonderful organizations achieve a more sustainable, active future.”

Registration details, the fundraising commitment, details about the ride, including daily itineraries and travel arrangements, can be found on the Climate Ride Midwest website. 

If you have any questions or want to join Team Active Trans, contact Jeanne Newman at Jeanne@activetrans.org or 312-216-0460. 

This blog post was authored by By Jeffrey Salvadore, Active Trans' development intern. Photo provided by Climate Ride.