Nope, I’m not losing it, you read that right. It’s almost National Bike Your Park Day. On Saturday September 24, the Adventure Cycling Association is holding the first-ever Bike Your Park Day. There are already over 1,300 rides with nearly 10,000 participants registered, with more expected.
As of this writing, there are 35 registered rides in Massachusetts. You can find them here.
More National Bike Your Park Day Info from those running it:
Bike Your Park Day encourages people to ride to and within parks and public lands in celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) centennial, National Public Lands Day, and Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary. Many parks are offering free entrance, and some parks are offering special activities and service projects.
“Bike Your Park Day promotes healthy, active recreation in the nation’s parks while at the same time encourages family-friendly activities during the NPS Centennial year,” said Bob Ratcliffe, NPS Program Chief of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. “Plus it’s a much better experience seeing our parks from the seat of a bicycle than sitting in a car!”
People who want to participate in Bike Your Park Day can design their own ride. The rides can be any distance, any style of bicycling, and any type of park or public land that is open to bicycles. Participants register their ride for free at BikeYourParkDay.org. An interactive map displays all of the rides taking place. Everyone who registers by September 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a custom-painted Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle.
Bike Your Park Day’s interactive map of rides include many that are open for others to join. People can contact the ride organizer via the interactive website. Those who have questions about the event can contact one of the 150 Bike Your Park Day volunteer ambassadors. They can answer questions about bicycle safety, bike-friendly routes, and nearby parks and public lands.