2000 riders already tread lightly by riding bikes hundreds of miles through the Rocky Mountains, but we do kick up a little dust along the way. Our recycling and composting programs along with offsetting our carbon footprint help minimize our impact. 5 years into our partnership with ZeroHero, we’re still stepping up the program by increasing the amount of compostable and recyclable products we use and diverting more every year. When we tread lightly, we hope it encourages you to learn, participate and take some ideas home with you.
If we all do our part in 2013, we can beat these 2012 stats!
• Total Recycled – 1,130 pounds
• Total Composted – 3,960 pounds
• Total Landfilled – 1,870 pounds
• Total Waste Collected – 6,960 pounds
• Total Diverted – 5,090 pounds or 73.1%
Carbon Neutral Ride The Rockies
Ride The Rockies will support Colorado-based carbon offsetting programs to balance out the emissions we produce during the event. Granted, our bikers are promoting optimal “carbon consciousness” each time they crank a pedal.
Waste Diversion Efforts
All headquarter sites, entertainment sites, and aid stations have recycling and composting stations, diverting 70% or more of our waste from the landfill. ZeroHero will utilizes local resources to turn waste into future resources. All food vendors are required to use recyclable and compostable products. Zero waste is also a state of mind – participants will have opportunities to learn and practice “Leave No Trace” ethics along the route.
It’s why we do what we do. Communities in which we travel through will be the focus of legacy programs, donations and grants; giving special consideration to promote biking culture and healthy lifestyles to our youth. What do bikes and sustainability have in common? They both gain momentum with a little push and get easier the more you practice.
Rolling Out Renewable Fuels
Ride The Rockies will continue to use sustainable fuels in select event vehicles. Whenever it is available, biodiesel and ethanol blends will replace petroleum fuels in ZeroHero crew trucks and other ride support vehicles. By using these cleaner-burning, domestic fuels, we’re able to reduce our drag.
Green Jersey Awards
Back again in 2013 is the ZeroHero Green Jersey, in partnership with CO₂ Forestry and Suncor Energy! Each day limited edition green jerseys will be awarded to cyclists who embrace and support Ride The Rockies’ Tread Lightly initiatives. Jerseys will be awarded daily at 4:30 p.m. at the cycling seminar.
Ride The Rockies has made a commitment to be 100% carbon neutral. All carbon emissions from the production of the ride will be offset by Colorado based CO₂ Forestry®. You too may participate in this effort and offset your personal travel through a purchase from this unique environmental company. Check out the map below and see the estimated carbon offset amount based on the geographic area in which your departure city is located. Then click the button below to visit the CO₂ Forestry® website to purchase your own high quality, 3rd party verified, VCS carbon standard offsets for your travel.