Bike-camping group Cycle Wild now offers memberships – and travel insurance

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Lilly Rollby

A three-day Cycle Wild trip to Cape Lookout in 2013.
(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.

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“Rideshed” map shows where you can camp by bike from Portland

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Imagine the possibilities…
(See full map below)

Remember Cycle Wild? They’re the local non-profit that organizes and promotes bike-camping trips from Portland. We went along with them for a ride back in 2009 and learned just how easy it is to pack up some gear, start pedaling, and get away from it all — without having to drive a car.

Cycle Wild founder and ring-leader Matt Picio just published a very cool map (see it below) that anyone with a glimmer of bike adventure in their hearts will appreciate. It’s a map of campsites within Portland’s “rideshed.” Picio defines a rideshed as, “anywhere you can ride a loaded bike on a summer day.” Typically, that distance is about 75 at the most, but thanks to MAX light rail, Portland’s rideshed is much further.

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