Local nonprofit, San Antonio Bike Share experiences a boost in local ridership due to a worldwide pandemic so, they team up with the San Antonio River Foundation to create a virtual challenge that is also a fundraiser to maintain their B Cycle docking stations on the Mission Reach.
San Antonio, Texas, November-December, 2020 — San Antonio Bike Share is teaming up with San Antonio River Foundation and Cycling San Antonio to recreate their annual event, Pedal in the Park. During the course of our “new norm”, Pedal in the Park has morphed into a bicycle virtual challenge ride. This virtual challenge is also a fundraiser to help San Antonio Bike Share meet their goal of $4,000 to maintain and repair their docking stations on the Mission Reach. Pedal in the Park challenges cyclist to discover their river by riding 17 miles on the Mission Reach over the course of one month. Participants can register for this challenge until the end of the year.
The challenge includes virtual tools that help riders navigate the course and log their miles. Upon registration, participants have access to these tools to help them complete their journey; a San Antonio Bike Share one-month membership, a GPS bicycle audio tour and an interactive Google Earth Map.
The GPS bicycle audio tour was curated by Cycling San Antonio, a bicycle touring company using the UCPlaces app. Together with the San Antonio River Foundation the audio tour includes information on ecological restorations, community art and historical events on the Mission Reach. The interactive Google Earth map includes video snippets created by SA Bike Share, SA River Foundation and SA River Authority allowing virtual exploration of the trail. This tool helps riders build their confidence before hitting the trail because it allows participants to see their ride before they begin.
The Pedal in the Park, Virtual Challenge is open to all bicycles and registration is only $23. For more information or to register visit www.SanAntonioBikeShare.org/PedalChallenge.
SA Bike Share was the first bike share system in the state of Texas and contrary to popular belief they are not owned by the City of San Antonio. Instead, they are a locally run, 501 (c) (c) non-profit organization. A public bike share system offers people another transportation choice, one that reduces carbon emissions, improves mental and physical health and is fun. San Antonio Bike Share consists of 450 bicycles provided at a network of 60+ stations located at key destinations within the urban core of the city and along the Museum and Mission Reach bike paths.