Jimmie Johnson riding on the the backstretch of the Daytona International Speedway with Charlie Cooper, PeopleForBikes vice president of membership and development. (Image: Jay Prasuhn)
PeopleForBikes’ annual awareness and fundraising bicycle tour will Ride on Atlanta this spring to celebrate and advance bike riding in the Southeast.
More than 25 participants will ride roughly 400 miles from Asheville, North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia, March 30 – April 2. The group will make stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, and Athens, Georgia before arriving in Atlanta.
Created in 2011 by six-time national cyclocross champion Tim Johnson, the series began with three Rides on Washington followed by two Rides on Chicago. These events have raised nearly $400,000 for our non-profit foundation that supports the development of more safe, fun, convenient and appealing PlacesForBikes.The Rides showcase how bike riders and motorists can share the road, safely and easily.
Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, plans to pedal with the group on day one, a challenging 130-mile route between Asheville and Charlotte. Johnson, an enthusiastic road and mountain bike rider, is a proponent of cooperation and respect among all road users.
PeopleForBikes selected the Southeast as the 2016 ride venue to celebrate and promote the region’s great bike riding. “The Carolinas and Georgia are up-and-coming states for bicycling,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes. “The Ride on Atlanta will help build momentum for the great efforts of government leaders and local advocates to improve their communities through bike riding.”
The Ride will finish in Atlanta on Saturday, April 2, and the public is invited to pedal the final miles with the group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.