Green Riders- Good Deeds on Bikes
The Green Riders are a group of everyday people who came together for a common purpose, to make the world a greener and more sustainable place!
On May 29th 2017, approximately 30 people met in Central Park of New York City to embark on a cross country ride together to Seattle, Washington.
Their mission was to do Good Deeds on Bikes and try to leave each community they passed through a slightly better place. On the 11-week journey, they planted 90 fruit trees and thousands of wildflower and vegetable seeds, cleaned up over 20,000 pieces of trash, and rescued 5,000 pounds of good food from dumpsters. They volunteered in community gardens, in the gardens of their hosts, cleaned up trash, and performed random acts of kindness and sustainability.
48 people from 7 countries around the world took part in the cross-country ride. Some cycled coast to coast and others for a state or two. The ride was open for anyone to join for as long as they wanted. Together the Green Riders cycled 87,000 miles. That’s 3.5 times around the world!
The journey was an educational opportunity for each rider. They visited organic farms, community gardens, permaculture projects, home gardens, off grid homes, co-ops, and more. Riders learned about growing food, sustainability, foraging, cycling, simple living, and in general how to live a lower impact lifestyle and reduce their dependence on money and possessions.
They were hosted by many amazing and welcoming people along the way including farms, backyards, homes, churches, city parks, campgrounds, a high school and a YMCA. For many of the riders it was incredibly uplifting to meet so many helpful and friendly people across the USA. For many of the hosts it was life changing to experience the freedom, positive attitude, and love that the Green Riders brought into their homes.
Each day was a challenge and to be able to live in the service of others while trying to cycle 50-70 miles each day and survive the road was a challenge as well. Some days got the best of the Green Riders but overall, they were able to leave a path of positivity across the nation.
None of us can change the whole world but we can certainly have a positive impact on our communities and stand strongly for sustainability and justice!
Thank you to everyone who helped the Green Riders along their journey!
This journey was organized by Rob Greenfield and Cheryl Davies.
Future Green Riders trips will take place but none are planned as of now. Join the Green Riders- Good Deeds on Bikes Facebook group to stay up to date about future rides and follow the Green Riders.
Meet the Green Riders via this video by rider Adam Fenton
Rob’s resources for people interested in doing a similar journey:
Suggested packing list for bicycle touring. This list is geared towards living a very low-impact lifestyle while having a positive impact on society.
Northport Patch: Northport Native Travels Across U.S. On Bike Performing Good Deeds 08/09/2017
Summit Daily: Life on 2 Wheels: Avon local joins Green Riders to bike across the U.S. and volunteer 06/30/2017