Meet Amy Dickie, an SF Bicycle Coalition member and Climate Rider. Last May, she completed the 300+ mile charity bike ride, raising money and awareness for environmental organizations like the SF Bicycle Coalition. Because she enjoyed it so much, we asked her what inspires her to get on her bike and ride:
What has been your favorite thing about the Climate Ride?
The ride is amazing! The whole experience was so much more fantastic that I had expected. The organizers and ride leaders think of EVERYTHING. The food is great. The route is beautiful. The people are so fantastic. I made new friends and loved every minute of it.
What advice would you give to someone who’s considering signing up?
My advice to anyone thinking about it is – DO IT! The fundraising isn’t as hard as it seems, and the experience is so rewarding.
How did you choose which beneficiaries to support?
I chose beneficiaries that I was personally familiar with and that I know do good work. I chose 5 organizations that are approaching the problem of climate change in different ways, some at the national scale and some at the local scale. It was important to me to select a few organizations that are close to home and are affecting my life for the better. I am a bike commuter in SF and really appreciate all of the good work that the SFBC has done over the years to make my daily life safer and more enjoyable. And I love the progress we are making in moving towards more walkable/bikeable cities and moving away from cars. Plus, the pairing of the Climate Ride and bike advocacy just makes so much sense.
Any techniques you found to help you fundraise?
Ha! I’ve done the ride twice and the first time I raised all of the money I needed for the ride in one night at the Bleeding Hearts Date Auction. I auctioned off dates with my hot, single friends who are doing do-gooder work. Two of them met that night and got married a few months ago! The second time I did the ride, it felt like too much effort to pull off such a big event, so I just asked everyone I knew for money and they were more generous than I could have imagined.
Learn more about the Climate Ride on Monday, January 12 at a meet & greet at the SF Bicycle Coalition. All attendees at the meet and greet will received a special discount on the registration fee! RSVP today.
We’re recruiting riders for this year’s Climate Ride on May 17-21. Don’t miss the camaraderie and the chance to spend five days biking along the beautiful California coast. Climate Ride is a fully-supported bicycle ride from Fortuna to San Francisco, passing through the Russian River Wine Country and rolling along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route — one of the most scenic coastlines in the world.
And don’t forget to choose the SF Bicycle Coalition as your beneficiary!