7/2/2013 12:34:05 PM

Cycle for Change Bike Ride

A bike ride, a keeper talk, and a "Frozen Planet" concert!

Momentum is building for the Cycle for Change bike ride from Chicago to Milwaukee launched by keeper Philip Fensterer of the Oregon Zoo, one of our Leadership Camp grads. The ride will take place on July 21 in a show of support for action on climate change and to raise funds for our Polar Bear Forest, a tree-planting effort that serves as a catalyst for community involvement and CO2-reduction efforts.

If you can't join the ride, you can help support their efforts and the Polar Bear Forest with a donation, typing "Cycle for Change" in the company name field.

Fensterer is organizing the event with help from fellow Leadership Camp Alumni and the Chicago Cycling Club. He'll give a talk on "How Riding Your Bike Helps Polar Bears and Everything Else" at the Brookfield Zoo on the night prior to the group's departure. In addition, Michelle Beaulieux of the Chicago Cycling Club has arranged a pre-ride get-together on Wednesday evening, July 11, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. In keeping with the ride's theme, the Grant Park Orchestra will be performing Frozen Planet, featuring scenes from the BBC/Discovery Channel documentary, including "The Polar Bear Story." The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and free seating opens at 7 p.m. Because there will be visual projections, viewing from the seating bowl is recommended.

To sign up for the ride, email Fensterer at fensterer3@mac.com or visit the Chicago Cycling Club website.

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