PA IPL’s annual bike ride will take place on May 8th through May 30th! This year our ride “Cycling for a Cleaner Future” has a dedicated bike ride website for all of our riders, sponsors, and supporters that outlines the details of this year’s ride and how to register to be a rider or sponsor!
The annual PA IPL Climate Advocacy Bike Ride to the US Capitol has been re-imagined as a bike tour of Pennsylvania. The various bike routes will bear witness to our extractive past and present while nurturing and rooting hope for a cleaner future to grow across our state.
This year’s ride will take place directly following the national Interfaith Power & Light’s annual conference. Our hope is to recruit 100 cyclists to participate in this year’s ride.
Be sure to mark your calendar for these important bike ride dates:
SATURDAY, MAY 8th-Opening Ceremonies and Kickoff Event
SUNDAY, MAY 9th – MAY 30th-RIDE ONE HUNDRED MILES
SATURDAY, MAY 29th-Advocacy Day of Action
SUNDAY, MAY 30th-Closing Ceremonies – Celebrate the riders and their accomplishments!
MEET: Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill. From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh. Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854. Mt. Etna Trailhead: at Mt. Etna station on the Lower Trail. Bike there on the Lower Trail. By car, turn off HWY 22 at Polecat Hollow Rd. and head east to Fox Run Rd and turn left. Look for Mt. Etna parking lot on your right. Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99. Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right. Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road. Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.
SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.
THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans! At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.
LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.
Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.
These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.
Check out this videoof the last batch of privet and what needs to be removed and what either side looks like with a view into the forest beyond and our newly planted tubes in the foreground. This video shows the midway goal of Sunday’s PA IPL bike ride for our team- we start at Williamsburg, hopefully at noon, (if it’s not raining), and head for Mt. Etna and then cycle back to Williamsburg.