The 5-Day California Dream Ride Raises Funds and Awareness for Creating Connected “Bikeway Networks” Across California
For Immediate Release – July 18, 2015
Melissa Balmer – Media Director/California Bicycle Coalition
Re: The 5-Day California Dream Ride Raises Funds and Awareness for Creating Connected “Bikeway Networks” Across California
Sacramento CA – The California Dream Ride will offer cyclists a unique vacation and an engaging educational experience for five days this fall, beginning on October 30th. Hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition, the fundraising ride, which follows 265 miles of the California coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will offer scenic riding, excellent food and comfortable accommodations, as well as an opportunity to go behind the scenes in the world of bicycle advocacy. Riders will learn how advocacy is transforming bicycling in the Golden State, creating more convenient and connected bicycle infrastructure and safer streets for bicycling so that people across all ages and demographics can easily ride bicycles for transportation, exercise, and pleasure. With two pacing groups, the California Dream Ride will accommodate riders of different levels.
Debbie Brubaker returns as Tour Director for the California Dream Ride. For Brubaker, riding a bike isn’t about attaining a certain level of athletic accomplishment, instead it’s about personal empowerment—especially for women. “I want women to feel that they can ride a bike,” says Brubaker. “They don’t have to fit a particular mold of athlete, commuter or casual rider. I just want them to feel the independence and power of riding, and I designed this tour around those goals.”
The California Dream Riders will stop along the route to explore model bicycle infrastructure projects, and learn how bicycle coalitions are educating bicyclists and motorists, advocating for better bike lanes and paths, and working with local government to make their communities better for bicycling. Participants looking to become more involved in bicycle advocacy will make important connections and build skills. The tour will visit Santa Barbara’s Bici Centro, an innovative DIY community bike shop; Santa Monica’s Bike Center, which has helped the city triple bicycle ridership; Los Angeles’s bicycle boulevards and pedal-powered ice cream shop; and Long Beach’s protected bike lanes—the first in Southern California.
A passionate road cyclist, Brubaker has decades of experience in both event planning and cycling, and knows not only what makes a great route, but how to create a fun and relaxed environment so that all riders enjoy themselves. Brubaker runs her own bicycle touring company, Giro D’Oro Cycling, specializing in both private wine-tasting and more athletically focused tours in the Sierra Nevada.
“The California Dream Ride is the only fundraising ride in California where 100% of the proceeds benefit bicycling,” says Dave Snyder, Executive Director at the California Bicycle Coalition, or CalBike, who will lead the ride’s advocacy programming. “It’s all about our vision for connecting our communities with ‘bikeways to everywhere,’ so that your 12-year-old, your elderly mother, or your friend who’s just getting comfortable on a bike, can all easily ride bicycles to get where they want and need to go.”
Bicycling nearly doubled in the Golden State from 2000 to 2012, but we still have a long way to go before our communities are comfortable and inviting for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Riders on the California Dream Ride will help change that by raising funds and awareness for the California Bicycle Coalition’s Bikeways to Everywhere Project, which advocates for safe, comfortable, connected “bikeway networks” for all of California’s communities. Bikeway networks link every destination in a community through a network of quiet bicycle boulevards, bike paths, and protected bike lanes. Through their Bikeways to Everywhere Project, the California Bicycle Coalition advocates for more state funding for bikeway networks, and helps local communities access those funds.
California Dream Ride participants raise or contribute $2400 to support the California Bicycle Coalition’s work. The fee includes lodging, full rest stops, most meals, nutrition and mechanic support, a CalBike jersey, advocacy education, and entertainment. Register today at cadreamride.org. To interview Debbie Brubaker or Dave Snyder about the California Dream Ride, please contact Melissa Balmer at Melissa@calbike.org or (562) 221-9672.
About the California Bicycle Coalition
The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California with networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connecting every destination. Our goal is to double the amount of bicycling in the Golden State and become the most bike-friendly state in the nation by 2017.
CalBike’s advocate member organizations across the state include: Bike Bakersfield, Bikeable Communities, Bike East Bay, Chico Velo Cycling, Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, People Power of Santa Cruz County, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Living Streets, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Walk & Bike Mendocino. In 2013 CalBike launched the Women on Bikes California initiative. Learn more at calbike.org.