Why We Ride
RIDE FOR A REASON is an annual bike ride to Sacramento to advocate for public education, and raise essential funds for school enrichment programs in Oakland. Last year, 150 riders pedaled from Oakland to the steps of the State Capitol to protest the massive cuts in funding for education. Passage of Proposition 30 will help our schools, but additional resources are needed after decades of disinvestment. Parents, teachers, students, and community members are riding again to raise funds and public awareness in this cause. Many elective classes and enrichment programs depend entirely on community fundraising. Our support remains critical. California once had the best schools in the nation. Working together we can restore public education in California.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! WE NEED TO REGISTER 200 RIDERS AND RAISE $80,000! The funds we raise will be split evenly between Claremont Middle, Oakland Technical High, Emerson Elementary, and Oakland International High.
JOIN US ON MAY 11TH FOR FULLY SUPPORTED 45-, 65-, AND 100-MILE RIDES to the State Capitol in Sacramento. All riders are encouraged to raise $250 or more in donations to help us achieve our fundraising goal!
The 65- and 100-mile rides are like traditional Century rides. You simply arrive in the morning, sign in, pick up your map and swag, and start the ride. Our 45-mile ride is well suited for novice riders, families, and children. Experience riders will lead this group through the course, and also provide support and encouragement.
We provide SAG wagon support, rest stops, lunch, and bus transportation home from Sacramento and to the starting lines for the 45- and 65-mile rides (which are in Vacaville and Suisun). And just as in previous years, everyone will ride to the steps of the State Capitol for our call to action and RALLY FOR EDUCATION!