When you think about what is missing in the modern-day cycling world, naturally the first thought that comes to mind is the need for a “cosmopolitan ride with a bit of style.” To fill this void, a group in London started The Tweed Run London, riding their bikes through the city streets dressed in tweeds to raise money for Bicycles for Humanity.

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Bicycles For Humanity is a global movement that started in central British Columbia. The goal is to raise funds, collect bikes and send them to developing countries in shipping containers that then remain in the country and become bike workshops. The goal is mobility – as anyone who remembers their first bike ride can attest to, bikes provide increased speed, mobility and freedom. In developing countries this also equates to increased productivity and literal physical freedom – children can get to school, healthcare workers to get from home to home, more goods can be transported to markets, etc. The organization can now be found working around the world!

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This year, the Victoria Tweed Ride will also be donating all funds from the ride to Bicycles For Humanity. Tickets are required to participate in the ride – adult tickets are $15 per person (children under 12 are free). There are fabulous prizes for participants in different categories, including Most Traveled Tweed Rider, Tweediest Bucket Bike and Most Magnificent Bicycle, provided by awesome sponsors!

The event is fabulous, the outfits are impeccable, and the cause is great! Buy your tickets to participate today, or come down to the Legislative Grounds on Saturday September 10th and watch the spectacle.