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Why am I doing this?

Our main inspiration for this crazy epic-scale undertaking is without a doubt driven by the sense of adventure involved with stepping out of our comfort zone and the opportunity for personal growth, and I’m not just talking about our leg muscles! We have also chosen personal causes that we will be raising money for and spreading awareness about along the route and in major cities where we hope to give presentations and become effective mobile advocates.
My passion since starting a bike club and a bike to school day event in high school has been making alternative transportation modes exciting and viable for all able-bodied people, especially the youth. At a time where issues of traffic congestion, pollution and childhood obesity are rapidly growing realities we MUST choose not leave these problems for future generations! To begin doing my part I will use this tour to raise awareness of the Federal Safe Routes to School program that gives funding to individual cities and school districts to improve city infrastructure and create programs of encouragement in order to get kids safely to school car-free. The federal funding for this important program will continue to be at risk without broad awareness of it’s importance and the existing positive impact it has had on communities across the nation. I will be visiting many of these communities to study, advocate for and report back on innovative programs, paths and people in my tour blog.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kent permalink
    March 26, 2013 11:00 am

    Very exciting! That’s a rich and relevant theme to inspire your tour. Are you lining up contacts and events in advance?

    • odog4life permalink*
      March 26, 2013 1:05 pm

      I am in research mode now, currently looking for places for my partner and I to make presentations. Using the SRTS website project map to know where to stop and investigate projects in action.

  2. March 30, 2013 3:20 pm

    Hi Owen,
    If you are interested in a non-linear trip out of San Francisco, my friend Sylvia Star-Lack is in charge of the Palo Alto SRTS program and could help you find a place to stay and way to talk about your experience. You can get there on Caltrain or by bike…Alameda County schools supposedly have some good programs, too.

  3. March 30, 2013 3:23 pm

    We will definitely be including Owen and Rachel in our celebration of Car-Free Days at Roosevelt Elementary (April 9) Lincoln MS (April 10) Will Rogers (April 11) and John Adams MIddle School (April 12).

    For information about Safe Routes to School programs and the Bike it! Walk it! movement Owen and Rachel helped to found, see our website/blog at

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