With three routes to choose from--all ending at the Sacramento Capital (at the park at L and 12th Street) --there is something for everyone:
110-Mile Route: Starts at Oakland Tech (4351 Broadway, Oakland) and features all the diverse riding the Bay Area has to offer, from climbs to vineyards to fast flats. We encourage riders to start between 6AM - 7:30AM depending on pace (riders need to depart the Davis rest stop by 3PM to continue with support to Sacramento). Link to cue sheet.
68-Mile Route: Riders meet at Oakland Tech at 6:45AM to ride together to the Jack London Square Train Station (Capital Corridor train). Riders will disembark at the Suisun-Fairfield station and set off by 9:30AM. Link to cue sheet.
45-Mile Route: Starts at Alamo Creek Park in Vacaville (riders can take a chartered bus from Oakland Tech; please arrive by 7:15AM for a prompt 8AM departure). This route is perfect for novice riders, families, and kids. For this route, we provide transportation to the starting point in Vacaville. Link to cue sheet.
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 severe 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 thorough work needed to fully staff and 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.
Some members of the R4R 2020 Planning Committee
About Ride for A Reason Ride for A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefiting ten public schools in Oakland. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)