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Cycling for The Green New Deal in the USA

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Cycling for The Green New Deal in the USA

This week I arrived in Krakow, Poland, where I'm ending my cycling tour for this year; at least on this side of the planet! Over a period of 5 and 1/2 months I did about 5.500 km through ten countries: Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. 

Now starts a transitional phase for me in Berlin, Cologne and Chicago, preparing my next "adventure." I hope I can develop it as a collective effort, with many people participating. Otherwise I'll do it just as an individual action. That would in any case be better than not doing anything at all! I'm referring to my "Cycling for The Green New Deal" project. Over a period of 8 months or so I want to cycle through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia and then west to Chicago, and back south to Georgia and Florida through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. 

All along the way we would be volunteering for Bernie Sanders's campaign and the campaigns of candidates supporting the Green New Deal. I need to make a detailed itinerary and propose it to people along those places, so they can join in a kind of "cycling train," sometimes just for a day, or a week, or for longer periods. We could join forces, share resources, etc. We could camp together, or share the efforts of looking for accommodation with fellow cyclists, e.g., Warmshowers members or organizing members of the various campaigns. It would be great if we could also document it somehow and make a "film" or documentary out of it. Anybody interested in participating?

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This is an interesting idea -

This is an interesting idea -- when are you thinking of doing this tour? 

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Cycling for the Green New Deal 2019-2020

Hello Hannah,
I hope to begin sometime before the end of November 2019... and slowly go through a bit of Texas, then Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, spend the rest of the winter in Florida and then in the spring up toward/through Georgia, South and North Carolina, etc.... ending up either by the fall (before the November 2020 elections) in Chicago or way down in Florida again.
Are you currently cycling? Where?

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Hi Ignacio! 

Hi Ignacio! 

I support your efforts, and would be happy to host you and lend effort to supporting the Green New Deal here in Austin, TX! I live in South Austin, about 20 minute bike ride to the state capitol, where most political events occur (and the politians are located). Let me know if I can help.

I've also traveled in some of the areas you've toured! And toured 10 days going south from Istanbul, Turkey. I lived for year in Istanbul, in 2017-18. Amazing place! Would love to hear about your experiences!

Safe travels to you!

Nealio

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Hey man, Neal, sorry, I read

Hey man, Neal, sorry, I read your message but then forgot all about this thread myself until now, that another person contributed to it, so anyway, thanks for your words of encouragement and offering to host or whatever, though I never went that way (Austin) but rather through the northeast of Texas to Lousiana and so forth. Now I'm in Florida. I did some phonebanking out of Gainsville and doorknocking in Orlando but very little and not much other than talking to people all the time as I bike around so many different places. That also "helps" somehow, I believe. 

Anyway, yeah, Turkey is great for biking, too. I did Istanbul to Iran (three months and 2.5 months respectively) back in 2016 and again this last year Turkey from east to west (for 2.5 months) as I biked from Georgia to Poland. Great country, Turkey!

From here (St. Augustine, FL) I will go up to Georgia next month and on to DC and so on.

Hope you have great rides wherever you are!
If you or someone you know would like to join me... I've not travelled much with people but I think it might be interesting, to share in the accommodation search, and food, etc. and just for the conversation and stuff. Anyway, this is for anyone out there reading this!

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Yeah Ignacio, enjoy the trip.

Yeah Ignacio, enjoy the trip...maybe our paths will cross down the road. Ciao!

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Biking for a GND

Ignacio (and others),

I am so happy to stumble upon your post here!  I too am doing a bicycle tour across the US in support of a GND and am doing a fundraiser through this organization called ClimateRide.  I am not sure if I can post a fundraising link on this site (solicitation?), but can send it via other means if you'd like.  I would love to connect with other cyclists who are supporting a GND, in whatever shape or form this can take.  My route, unfortunately, is the complete opposite of yours as I will be mostly on the N. Tier, from Boston to LA, starting in mid-May.  Have you left yet?  I would love to connect over the phone to see how we could build a community of bicyclists, especially ahead of this important election, and fight together!

my cell # is 617-735-7049 and my email is bflagg5183@gmail.com.  Let's connect and go from there.  

Cheers,

Bill

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Hey William, do post your

Hey William, do post your link here! It's not doing "sollicitation" in an aggressive way at all, in fact, it's me asking for that information right now, that's all, just part of our exchange.
Anyway, I'll try to google "ClimateRide" too and see what I get, but you can send me the link via email as well if you wish: igiduran at gmail com

So too bad but I don't think I'm going to make it to Boston (maybe only to DC) and I'm even considering making a move to Japan if I get too discouraged by the Biden/Bernie thing (it's in a decisive phase now with the debate coming tomorrow Sunday), and for other personal reasons, but we'll see. If things don't change I'm still up for anyone joining with me or me joining with them from Georgia to DC around April-June and DC to Chicago from July-September. 
I've commented on various sites (Facebook, YouTube) over the fact that the Green New Deal -at least in the versions I've read- does not even mention cycling infrastructure or anything to do with bicycling as part of the Deal, which I find incomprehensible, that it would not be considered or included, but anyway, it's all part of it, or should be, to get out of the fossil fuels and so on.

I'll look into ClimateRide. Otherwise, just tell us more about it here (so others who are reading this thread can learn about it). 
Ciao!

Ignacio

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Hey William, do post your

Hey William, do post your link here! It's not doing "sollicitation" in an aggressive way at all, in fact, it's me asking for that information right now, that's all, just part of our exchange.
Anyway, I'll try to google "ClimateRide" too and see what I get, but you can send me the link via email as well if you wish: igiduran at gmail com

So too bad but I don't think I'm going to make it to Boston (maybe only to DC) and I'm even considering making a move to Japan if I get too discouraged by the Biden/Bernie thing (it's in a decisive phase now with the debate coming tomorrow Sunday), and for other personal reasons, but we'll see. If things don't change I'm still up for anyone joining with me or me joining with them from Georgia to DC around April-June and DC to Chicago from July-September. 
I've commented on various sites (Facebook, YouTube) over the fact that the Green New Deal -at least in the versions I've read- does not even mention cycling infrastructure or anything to do with bicycling as part of the Deal, which I find incomprehensible, that it would not be considered or included, but anyway, it's all part of it, or should be, to get out of the fossil fuels and so on.

I'll look into ClimateRide. Otherwise, just tell us more about it here (so others who are reading this thread can learn about it). 
Ciao!

Ignacio

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Biking for a GND

Ignacio,

I hear you, the Dem primaries have been very discouraging, but I know if we keep grassroots pressure up then we can shift he conversation, no matter who the nominee is.  

Well, even if our paths shall not cross on the road this time around, I am glad I connected with you, because I would definitely like to brainstorm ways we can build a movement of bicyclists pushing for a GND.  And as you say, the GND in its current form has very little (if anything) on bicycling infrastructure and I'd be interested in working with you on how we can shape this conversation!  Let me know if you are interested.  

Here is a link to my ClimateRide page:  https://support.climateride.org/participant/7180   They are a great org, and have been running some awesome programs for the last few years, and have raised lots of funds for progressive/env organizations across the country.  Please share with your network if you don't mind!  I know people might be strapped for $$ now, especially given the economic insecurity of the COVID-19 situation, but any bit helps.  

Let's stay in touch!

Cheers,

Bill

 

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