League of American Bicyclists features blog by Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure founder

League of American Bicyclists features blog by Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure founder

The Fuller Center for Housing was recognized in May by the League of American Bicyclists as one 114 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the United States. One of the factors in the certification was The Fuller Center’s Bicycle Adventure, which raises funds for The Fuller Center’s work in addition to spreading awareness and making new friends during their annual rides. The league invited Bicycle Adventure founder Ryan Iafigliola — also The Fuller Center’s Director of International Field Operations — to pen a blog post explaining what the Adventure is all about. You can read the post in its entirety at the link below:

League of American Bicyclists blog

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s 2018 summer rides ended on August 10 & 11. The two summer routes for 2019 were recently announced and can be seen below. If you would like more information about the Bicycle Adventure’s spring, summer and fall rides, click here to visit the website.

 

WKTV-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure’s stop in Herkimer, New York

WKTV-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure’s stop in Herkimer, New York

WKTV-TV caught up with one of our Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s summer rides as it made a stop in Herkimer, New York, where they stayed overnight Monday at First United Methodist Church. This group started in Oregon and will finish their route Saturday in Maine. The other group began in Ocean City, California, and will finish this weekend in Ocean City, New Jersey. You can view WKTV’s report below:

More newspapers catch up with cyclists as summer rides near their end

More newspapers catch up with cyclists as summer rides near their end

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s two summer rides — one from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J., and the other from Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine — will conclude this weekend. Each of the rides is helping spread the word about The Fuller Center’s work through its church visits, build days and speaking with media representatives. Among recent reports is this one on the Port to Port Ride from The Norwalk Reflector, as well as this one on the Ocean to Ocean Ride from The Allied News. If you would like to know more about The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s current and upcoming rides — including the Dirt to D.C. Ride that begins September 14 — visit FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org.

WDTN-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure build day in Springfield, Ohio

WDTN-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure build day in Springfield, Ohio

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists’ primary missions during their cross-country summer rides are to raise money for The Fuller Center’s work of building and repairing homes around the world and, also, to introduce and explain how the ministry works to people, churches and others along the way. Along the way, they also get to participate in several build days with Fuller Center covenant partners, including the Clark County Fuller Center for Housing in Springfield, Ohio, where WDTN-TV of Dayton caught up with the riders Tuesday for this report:

More coverage in the Springfield News-Sun

Yuma’s KSWT-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure cyclists in Arizona

Yuma’s KSWT-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure cyclists in Arizona

Yuma, Arizona’s KSWT-TV, caught up with our Ocean to Ocean Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists after they stopped for the night at Trinity Methodist Church in Yuma. You can catch KSWT’s complete report with video at this link.

Fuller Center for Housing officially recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

Fuller Center for Housing officially recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

Photo (from left): The Fuller Center’s Ryan Iafigliola, Joel Derksen, Jessica McClain and Connor Ciment are getting ready for the June 1 start of the 2018 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure.

The Fuller Center for Housing’s international headquarters in Americus, Georgia, has been named one of only 20 Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the state of Georgia — and one of only 1,199 nationwide — by the League of American Bicyclists.

The designation comes during National Bike Month and as cyclists prepare to begin the 2018 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure‘s summer rides, a pair of paths that will take one group from Astoria, Ore., to Portland, Maine, and the other taking riders from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J. The cyclists are raising money for and awareness of The Fuller Center for Housing’s affordable housing ministry — and they’ve already passed the $200,000 fundraising mark this year.

“After 11 years of leading Bike Adventures around the country, cycling has become part of the Fuller Center’s DNA,” said Ryan Iafigliola, The Fuller Center’s Director of International Field Operations and the man who founded the Bicycle Adventure. “There are people around the country who know us as the people who lead great bicycle rides. Out of that grew our local involvement, where some of us bike almost every day to the office, and we’ve been active encouraging cycling and safe cycling. It’s great to receive this formal recognition of all these efforts.”  

“As we celebrate National Bike Month and the tenth year of the Bicycle Friendly Business program, the League of American Bicyclists is honored to recognize our latest new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “These companies and organizations are making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling. We applaud these businesses, including The Fuller Center for Housing, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Paul Hatch, 71, has raised five children and has been rewarded with nine grandchildren. While he does not claim to be “a great physical specimen at all,” he has been rewarded with good health thanks to years of healthy eating and exercise.

This summer, he is taking exercise to a whole new level as he rides from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J., with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure as he strives to raise $10,000 to fight poverty housing.

The Davis Clipper newspaper of Davis County, Utah, sat down with the man who simply considers himself “an average person” to talk about what drives him to tackle this latest challenge. You can read the Clipper’s complete article below:

complete davis clipper article

Bicycle Adventure director: Until you dig deeper, this ride makes no sense

Bicycle Adventure director: Until you dig deeper, this ride makes no sense

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Director Connor Ciment was praying for direction in his life when he decided to take a trip across the country in 2015 — on his bike when the Adventure traveled 4,000 miles from Oceanside, Calif., to Portland, Maine. Within a week, he had that direction for which he had been praying and has gone from rider to leader. Connor spoke last week to The Berkeley Independent in South Carolina while leading this year’s East Coast ride from Maine to Key West about how this Adventure may not make sense on the surface. But it makes perfect sense when you understand the motivating factors.

Click here to read the entire article in The Berkeley Independent.

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