Campaign aims to unite more than 1 million supporters of cycling worldwide
(Boulder, CO/Waterloo, WI) – PeopleForBikes and Trek Factory Racing (TFR) are teaming up for the remainder of the 2014 international race season, with a special emphasis on the Tour de France, in an effort to make riding better for everyone, everywhere. Trek Factory Racing’s owner, Trek Bicycle, is a longtime partner and founding member of PeopleForBikes.PeopleForBikes and Trek Factory Racing will officially debut this ambitious partnership, and share its goals and vision at a press conference in Leeds, England on July 3 at the Tour de France Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation. The Tour de France—the world’s biggest bike race–provides an unmatched worldwide platform for brands and athletes (and important efforts such as PeopleForBikes) to deliver key messages to a global audience.Since 2011, PeopleForBikes has united cyclists behind the goal of improving cycling conditions throughout the U.S. This effort has already engaged 810,000 individual supporters in the United States. The goal for 2014 is to grow to one million or more people who have given their name and email in support of better riding. During the Tour de France, PeopleForBikes will welcome supporters from other nations introducing them to top bike advocacy programs in their home countries.
“While the challenges and opportunities for bicycling vary around the globe, the benefits are universal,” said President of PeopleForBikes Tim Blumenthal. “A strong, united group of people for bikes can effectively influence government policies and spending, and help assure bike riding conditions that are safer and better for everyone. We are honored that Trek and Trek Factory Racing are supporting us big-time as we embark on this new chapter of our mission.”
PeopleForBikes and Trek believe that people—wherever they live—should be able to cycle safely and comfortably and enjoy the many benefits of cycling—for health, recreation, the economy, the environment, community and sustainability. Together, they believe that when people ride bikes, great things happen. Bicycling is a simple solution to many complex problems that affect people all around the globe.
“I am really excited that PeopleForBikes is going to be a part of the team moving forward,” said Trek Factory Racing Team Director Luca Guercilena. “Ensuring everyone has a safe place to ride is so important to the development and future of our sport and I’m very proud to support that effort.”
Trek encourages all professional racing teams, as well as bike riders of all types and abilities to adopt and promote PeopleForBikes’ mission to make the world a better place to ride.
Join PeopleForBikes and Trek Factory Racing on the road to uniting 1 million individual supporters of cycling by visiting www.peopleforbikes.org. Sign up is free, and widespread, enthusiastic participation will send a strong message to government leaders everywhere that cycling is important.