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Petalumans bicycling for the climate

It's one thing to talk about an issue and another to bicycle 320 miles to raise awareness of it.

That's what two Petalumans, architect and Planning Commissioner Bill Wolpert and architect Pete Gang, will be doing in May when they participate in Climate Ride, a multi-day cycling event designed to raise awareness about climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles.

Wolpert said he expected the ride to be a challenge — but a fun one. He said he's completed several 100-mile rides, but never a multi-day one.

Now, he's committed to completing 320 miles in five days.

"Pete and I are fundraising and pushing ourselves to do this ride to inspire people to take action in their day-today lives," he said, describing the ride as "doing something we believe in."

The two Petalumans will be joining more than 200 other riders, each of whom has raised at least $2400 to benefit of about 50 organizations. Those organizations include the Climate Protection Campaign, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund, and more.

So far, Wolpert has raised about $1,700, or roughly half his goal.

Anyone wishing to support Wolpert or Gang's fundraising efforts of join the ride can visit www.climateride.org.


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