On May 5, more than 30,000 cyclists will experience New York City from a perspective unlike any other: pedaling down 40 miles of car-free streets through all five boroughs.
But Team Nature cyclist Akshay Arora is riding with a different and bigger experience in mind. Arora hopes that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will help biking become part of a larger movement in New York City.
Arora believes the little things can make a big difference. And as co-chair of the Conservancy’s Young Professionals Group Board, he likes to lead by example. A vegetarian who cooks nearly all of his own meals, he uses mostly locally grown food to reduce food transport emissions.
He also believes that biking is the best way to get around and he is ready to get the word out about how clean, easy and healthy biking is for the mind, body and world at large.
“I bike to get places,” Arora says. “After visiting Amsterdam and seeing what a proper biking culture can look like, I want that here in NYC. It is a great way to get around that keeps you in shape. And of course it has huge environmental benefits.”
Ride for Nature!
Arora has already raised $1,500 for Team Nature. For anyone who’s interested in participating but may not be a fundraising pro, he has a few words of wisdom. “Break it down and think about family and friends that will all combine to give you donations in $10 to $25 increments,” he says. “And keep your eye on the couple of people you know will go the extra mile to make a large donation, because, like you, they too believe in what you're doing.”
There are still open spots on Team Nature – sign up today to join Arora and the rest of the team for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
Can’t make the tour? Support Akshay and the other members of Team Nature by making a donation.