Posted by Michael Andersen (Contributor) on March 10th, 2015 at 9:57 am
(Photo: Ferrous Büller)
The Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to using bikes to connect people with the joys of nature is doing something new.
As of last month, Cycle Wild has become a membership organization, and has begun selling memberships at the price of $10 a year.
Aside from supporting the organization and getting a formal stake in its leadership, the key perk is that members who participate in Cycle Wild trips will now be covered by an accident insurance policy provided by the League of American Bicyclists.
“We hope we never have to use it,” Cycle Wild board member Erinne Goodell wrote on the group’s blog. “We’ve been fortunate so far, but now you can rest assured that, in the unlikely case of an incident on the road with us, you’ll have help with medical expenses. We feel it’s well worth it.”
“A limited number of low-cost, sliding scale $0-$9 memberships are available,” she added. “Contact us if interested.”
The group is accepting payments by cash or check. See their post for mailing information. Another option is to register online for the group’s overnight trip this weekend to the cabins at Battle Ground Lake in Clark County, Washington.
I’ve never been a Cycle Wild participant myself but was lucky enough to run into them on a bike trip last year and can verify that it’s a welcoming, joyful group for people with any level of outdoors experience. Participants’ ages span from people in their 20s to (I think) people in their 60s.
Having nature within biking distance is one of the greatest joys of living in Portland. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy it.
Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.