What is Bike It For Life™
Bike It For Life is a series of 1 day bicycle rides happening across Florida. The first of these rides took place in Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors on Saturday May 11th. The weather was picture perfect (albeit a few cooling sprinkles in the afternoon), and we are grateful to those who rode and those who volunteered.
Why do another AIDS bicycle ride so many have asked, and the answer is quite simple-AIDS continues to spread, despite the best efforts at prevention. One of the best ways to help combat the spread and help those living with HIV/AIDS to to keep the dialogue open. There are lots of ways of doing that, but for us being on the open road, telling friends and family what we are doing all acts to engage people in conversation. Conversation leads to action and awareness. We engage not just each of you, as riders and volunteers but everyone person who makes a donation in your name. What this means is thanks to each of you we have opened the dialogue about AIDS (a subject many, even our peers don’t like to talk about), we have given people a way to make a difference through our joint efforts. We have proven as Margaret Mead once said that individuals can, and do make a real and significant difference, that we DO change lives and we DO help our neighbors, friends, family and strangers cope with the costs of AIDS Drugs, testing and care for both mind and body.
It’s still a secret but rumor has it that it’s going to be early 2014 for both our first Orlando ride and the second Fort Lauderdale ride. We are also looking at a few more locations like Tampa/St Pete, Jacksonville and more.
It’s going to be a flat registration fee as a rider, and then set your fundraising goals, all of it will go back to help individuals and organizations meet their mission.
A one day progressive Century Ride
You can choose to ride:
63 miles (metric century)
For the Fort Lauderdale ride, the individuals left as the sun rose over Florida, the Wilton Manors Police Department graciously worked with us to get all the riders safely out of the area and into single file. The ride then headed along Bayview up to Commercial and along A1A North to Hillsborough, the ride then turns around and travels South back to The Pride Center at Equality Park and travels up towards Las Olas Blvd and West, finally returning back at the pride center. The ride is fully supported and has full rest stops with water, gatorade, snacks and rest facilities (for when nature cames a callin), as well as SAG Vehicles, Sweep Vehicles and a marked route.
So won’t you follow us along the journey by registering for SMART Ride 10 in November or for any number of events we are looking to produce over the next two years? Commit to a better world, a thinner waistline, the greenest vehicle on earth and most importantly to help yourself and others fighting HIV/AIDS.
May the wind be at your back, the road ahead clear, and the future be a world without AIDS.