bikes belong brings bikes to democratic and republican conventionsBikes Belong and Humana will bring 1,000 bikes to both the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 1-4.

The goal is to get convention attendees to ride bikes for their short trips between hotels, conventions, restaurants and meetings.  There are more than 10,000 people at each convention, including media, delegates, volunteers, even presidential candidates, and BB hopes they will all walk (ride?) away with a better appreciation for cycling as a great alternative and important consideration in policy making.

Each rider will be offered a helmet and lock, and there are some big folks supporting this effort. Fuji, Giant, Raleigh, Schwinn, Specialized, and Trek are providing bikes. Erik’s Bike Shop and Penn Cycle in Minnesota, Bicycle Village in Colorado, and Park Tool Company are helping assemble them. Bell Sports and Trek will supply helmets. OnGuard is donating locks. CatEye is providing computers to track mileage. Pedros and SRAM will offer onsite technical support. (You can find links to all of these companies here.)

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