This September, about 200 adventurous Americans will pedal their bikes from New York City to Washington D.C. raising thousands of dollars for organizations like Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and drawing attention to the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
This exciting event is known as Climate Ride, and over the past five years it has mobilized a huge community of riders to make a very personal contribution to combating Climate Change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This year, a number of riders will be donating some of the money they raise to RTC. One of those wonderful and generous souls is Erica Flock, EarthShare Online Manager and a big fan of rail-trails. Here Erica talks about what she loves about riding and why she supports Climate Ride and RTC.
“I grew up in southeast Michigan, home of the Motor City. Meet anyone from the Detroit-area and chances are you can unearth a story about a family member or friend who works for the auto industry. My own great-grandfather worked at the very first Ford assembly plant in Highland Park.
It’s safe to say the automobile is in my blood. So when I sold my car in 2012, I was going against some pretty potent DNA. Turns out I’m not alone: the number of American households without a car has doubled in the last two decades.