OLYMPIA – Sept. 15, 2017 – On “Bike Your Park Day,” Sept. 30, Washington State Parks invites the public to explore state parks on two wheels. Events will be happening across Washington state, the country—and beyond. The purpose of this national event is to encourage people to discover parks by bicycle.
Last year, more than 11,000 people in all 50 states and 10 countries participated in the inaugural Bike Your Park Day. Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit bicycling organization, coordinates the event nationally and expects increased turnout over 2016.
Four state parks are offering special bicycle tours and events with rangers. All rides are on Saturday, Sept. 30, and start times vary. The following are brief descriptions of each ride with a link to more details on the Bike Your Park Day website.
Riders—especially minors—are encouraged to wear bike helmets. Riders will want to determine which bicycle—mountain, road or fat tire—will work best for their needs, depending on each park ride description.
Adventure Cycling Association will provide prizes for participants, including a limited number of head-tube badges, stickers and issues of the latest Adventure Cycling magazine. Some parks may have additional giveaways, including Junior Ranger material for young riders and items from local bike stores.
Bike Your Park Day coincides with National Public Lands Day. Sept. 30 is also a Washington State Parks ‘free day.’ Visitors won’t need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks.
More details and information about other Bike Your Park events are at BikeYourParkDay.org.
About Adventure Cycling Association
Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the largest cycling membership organization in North America with more than 52,000 members. Adventure Cycling produces cycling routes and maps for North America, organizes more than 100 tours annually and publishes Adventure Cyclist magazine. With more than 45,000 mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Adventure Cycling gives cyclists the tools and confidence to create their own bicycle travel adventures. Phone: (800) 755-BIKE (2453). Web: www.adventurecycling.org.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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