Three things are different about my participation in this year's Bike-A-Thon. Most importantly, I'm dedicating my ride to my friend Louis Kampf who died at age 91 in late May. I connect Louis and BNB because he was always among the very first to respond to my annual appeals in connection with the Bike-A-Thon, and he always genuinely interested in the ride and in the work of BNB. This will be the twenty-second time that I've asked friends and colleagues to support my participation in the Bike-A-Thon - and it will be the first when I won't be receiving a hand-written check from Louis. I hope that others will want to honor the memory of this wonderful man by supporting a cause that he so consistently and enthusiastically supported.
Also, even though the event has been rescheduled for September because of Covid-19, I'll be still be riding the 50-mile BNB route on or near the original date of June 14 - because BNB needs the money now, and because I'm not confident that a large group ride will be able to take place even in three months. Finally, I'll be riding alone rather than with Phyllis on our tamdem - which we've decided to leave on the Cape.
Please be as generous as you can in helping me support the wonderful work that Bikes Not Bombs does both locally and internationally in "using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change." BNB works with local young people, provides technical assistance and thousands of recycled bikes to several partner organizations in Africa and the Americas, and advocates for sane transportation and energy policies. And this spring, BNB became an official participant in "Bike Match," a nationwide effort to provide free bikes to first responders and other essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic (see this Belmont Journal video).