Raising Funds, Raising Awareness: Bike-A-Thon
On April 23, 1972, Ann Arbor citizens young and old tuned up their bicycles to take part in the Ecology Center's first ever BIke-A-Thon. Co-sponsored by ENACT and the Ann Arbor Bicycle League (AABL), the Bike-A-Thon was a fundraiser intended to "obtain funds for further environmental activity, to promote forms of non-polluting transportation, and to get bike freaks together to have some fun." Nearly five-hundred riders participated in 1972, collecting donations from their neighbors, family members, and colleagues along the way.
The Bike-A-Thon became an annual event. Take a closer look at these pamphlets to see how it evolved over time.