What are 3 key elements in creating a large-scale cultural shift to a more sustainable lifestyle?
1. Getting our hands dirty! 2. Physical activity and fitness! And…3. YOUTH!
Eugene Bedeley advocates for these ideals as a Youth Apprentice at Cycles for Change, the St. Paul bike shop providing an open, accessible space to educate and empower people to use bicycles as transportation, helping to build the Twin Cities bicycling movement for a sustainable environment and community.
The first week in September, Eugene rode 105 miles over three days on the Harvest Bike Tour, which raised over $3,300 to support Cycles for Change’s youth leadership development and social entrepreneurship programs.
A total of 13 riders participated in the Harvest Bike Tour, a weekend ride to and around rural Wisconsin. Designed to provide participants with a human-powered weekend away from the city, the event focused on education around health, active transportation and local, organic food.
The participating cyclists:
- Raised money from friends and family;
- Enjoyed a scenic 38-mile bike ride following the Gateway Trail to Martell’s Landing Education Center in Somerset, Wisconsin where the group stayed;
- Either journeyed 62 miles on the Metric Century ride; had a relaxing day at Martell’s Landing; or traveled 26 miles round-trip to tour Community Homestead Farm and volunteered for the afternoon harvesting tomatoes;
- Cooked and canned over 2 gallons of salsa;
- And rode ALL THE WAY back to St. Paul!
Want to volunteer at Cycles for Change or take part in next year’s Harvest Bike Tour?
Visit Cycles for Change for more info!