Bicycling for affordable housing

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

There were 32 cyclists ranging in age from 18 to 25 in the group that biked through the county this year. The majority of Bike and Build participants are college students.

Each rider must earn at least $4,500 to win the right to participate in a cross-country adventure. Participants come from 47 states and Canada . Part of the money is used to support construction projects during the trip and the rest is donated to affordable housing projects chosen by the riders. Each rider can send $500 to the project or community of their choice.

According to Wikipedia, Bike and Build was spun off from the Yale Habitat Bicycle Challenge, and was founded by Marc Bush, a Yale alumnus. He was also the director of Bike and Build from 2003-05.

Chris Webber, a trip leader on the northern U.S. route in 2005, was hired as Bike and Build's first program director in 2006. He was hit and killed in a pedestrian accident in New York City in March 2007. Bike and Build maintains a memorial fund in his honor, and raises money for the fund with an alumni-only ride that takes place in Florida each winter.

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