BURLINGTON — 350 Vermont (350VT) presents its second annual summer bike challenge, Just Bike. The month-long event challenges Vermonters to commit to “just biking” for the month of July while raising money for climate action.
Just Bike celebrates a low-impact lifestyle and grassroots organization. Participants commit a biking goal and solicit support from their family and friends.
“Biking is one grassroots solution to the climate crisis,” 350VT Coordinator Maeve McBride said. “If we can reorient our lifestyles to find fulfillment within walking and biking distances from our homes, we can abandon car culture and the fossil fuels that drive that culture.”
350VT supporters said they have chosen to just bike for a variety of environmental, health and political reasons.
“Participating in Just Bike is my way of doing my part as an individual to reduce my carbon footprint while also contributing to a larger goal of promoting an organization which can have a bigger impact on local policy surrounding climate,” participant Rachel Cairns said.
Just Bike kicks off with a Bikeapalooza on June 27 for a 10-mile climate ride around downtown Burlington, in partnership with the Burlington Bike Party.
On July 1, American Flatbread will sponsor benefit bakes for Just Bike at its Middlebury and Burlington locations. Other events include a family ride to Ausable Chasm in New York on June 12 and a spot in the Warren Fourth of July Parade.
For a full listing of events and group rides, visit the Just Bike website, JustBike.org.
To join the 350VT Just Bike challenge, visit JustBike.org or call 802-444-0350.