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Giving back in 2016

by ExperiencePlus! - Monday, November 28, 2016

Committed to our Community

We believe in giving back!

From Forli, Italy, to Fort Collins, Colorado – or wherever we find ourselves pedaling – we’re always looking for ways to give back to the places and people we connect with along the way.  Bikes open doors to experiences that are often missed when moving through the world at mechanical speeds. New cultures, new friendships,  even a quick conversation with a stranger – cycling connects communities that might otherwise have passed each other by.  In 2016 we have had the pleasure of  supporting many folks along the way, here’s a quick snapshot of donations we made in 2016!

Send a Teacher Traveling Award (S.A.T.T.): The ExperiencePlus! Send a Teacher Traveling Award recognizes outstanding K – 12 public school teachers throughout the United States by encouraging teachers to participate in educational, active travel opportunities, like those offered by ExperiencePlus!. Since the program began in 1996 we have given away over 20 free bicycle tours across Europe and South America.  This year we had such a great pool of candidates we sent two teachers traveling! Refresh your memories or learn about our winners here.

K.U.N.C – Community Radio: KUNC’s abiding belief in and strong commitment to the value of diversity strengthens community and enhances respect for a diverse audience. We partnered with K.U.N.C  during one of their fundraising drives to send a lucky donor Biking Across Italy from Venice to Florence!

BikeMS – The Colorado Chapter of BikeMS has built communities across the U.S. with the shared passion for raising money to drive research and to deliver services to those facing the daily challenges of MS. This year we supported BikeMS’s fundraising through a tour giveaway and we continued the tradition of hosting an aid station along the local BikeMS ride’s route.

Adventure Cycling Association: A nonprofit organization working to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. In honor of the 40th anniversary we increased our sponsorship level to support this organization’s mission to help spread the joy of cycling!

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In addition to the organizations above we donated gift certificates and cycling gear to organizations such as the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Healing Reigns, and the Women’s Wilderness Institute. We also hosted aid stations and booths at local events including Ride the Rockies and **Fort Collins Bike to Work days.

**Fort Collins locals, please come visit us at the Food Co-op for Winter Bike to Work Day, December 14th!

Finally, thanks to all our travelers who helped us donate over $450 to support the following organizations by opting to donate in lieu of receiving a gift:

  • US Bicycle Route System (USBRS):
  • Bicircolo: a local association based in Bologna that believes in bicycles as tools of freedom. Its goal is to provide bicycles to people through a new concept of long-term bike sharing.

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