With three routes to choose from--all ending at the Sacramento Capital--there is something for everyone:
110-Mile Route: Starts at Oakland Tech and features all the diverse riding the Bay Area has to offer, from climbs to vineyards to fast flats. Link to route.
68-Mile Route (New!): Riders can meet at the Emeryville Amtrak Station to start your trek and join other riders on the Capital Corridor Train. Disembark at the Suisun-Fairfield station and you are off! Link to route.
45-Mile Route: Starts at Alamo Creek Park in Vacaville (riders can take a chartered bus from Oakland Tech. This route is perfect for novice riders, families, and kids. For this route, we provide transportation to the starting point in Vacaville. Link to route.
Our experienced ride leaders support and encourage all riders every mile of the way to the State Capitol on scenic, low-traffic back roads. We provide SAG-wagon support, rest stops, and a great lunch on course. When you register to ride, you can purchase a pass for transportation for you and your bike back home to Oakland from Sacramento. (Many riders arrange their own return transportation — Amtrak is a popular option.) All riders, supporting family members, and volunteers are encouraged to gather on the Capitol steps for our call to action and RALLY FOR EDUCATION before returning to Oakland!
All riders will receive a t-shirt and water bottle!
The first Ride for a Reason happened in 2008: four cyclists with children in public schools, frustrated by the deep state budget cuts to eduction, rode from Oakland to Sacramento to dramatize their determination to do better for California’s students.
Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled from Oakland to the steps of the State Capitol to advocate for greater funding for education and reform in the way that California funds its public schools.
Many schools in California depend on community fundraising to provide elective classes and enrichment programs — things that used to be thought of as necessary like libraries, art and music, science equipment, sports programs, and low-cost after-school activities. But community fundraising alone can’t do the really deep work needed to fully support all schools, especially in big, urban districts. California teacher salaries remain uncompetitive, and our state’s spending per pupil remains well below the national average. We can’t car-wash and bake-sale our way out of big, structural problems like that.
That’s why we ride to Sacramento — to bring attention to the ongoing problem of underfunded public schools.
Claremont Middle School PTA is the fiscal sponsor for Ride for a Reason and is a 501(c) 3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.
Members of the R4R 2017 Planning Committee and volunteers gearing up for the big day.
About Ride for A Reason Ride for A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefitting seven public schools in Oakland. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)