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Bike & Build

In the spirit of saving the planet, I'm trying to spread the work around the Cornell campus about an organization called Bike & Build. Each summer, participants (college students or recent grads, aged 18-25) complete cross-country bicycle trips to raise money for and awareness of affordable housing. Trips, of which there will be six this summer, start at a number of locations on the east coast and head west, culminating about 4,000 miles later on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. I was a Bike & Build participant in the summer of 2005, riding a total of 4,100 miles over two months on the Northern U.S. route, Portsmouth, NH to Vancouver, BC. This summer, I'm back for another round, leading the "P2SF" trip (Providence, RI to San Francisco, CA). In order to participate in Bike & Build, each cyclist agrees to raise a minimum of $4,000 in donations to affordable housing organizations. Participants are given a road bike, theirs to keep after the trip (this year: Trek 1000), and housing/meals are organized for each night. Minimal biking experience is necessary. Approximately once every week or every other week, we take a day off the bikes and do a "Build Day", donating our time to work with affordable housing organizations (like Habitat for Humanity) on projects across the country.

Bike & Build is pedalling to end poverty housing. Our events act as a catalyst to build homes, foster the spirit of service, and empower young adults...mile by mile, house by house. There are some spaces left on trips for this summer, though nearly all 6 trips are at capacity (max 30 riders/trip). If you're interested in participating, either this year or in the future, check out the website at and feel free to contact me (Rebecca Stievater) at