LONDON, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
A team of British architects and planners have reached the halfway mark across America on their cross-continental research project and charity cycle ride.
After setting off from America's west coast on April 27, 2013, the group has reached New York. The team of amateur cyclists (who range in age from 26 to 72) have already crossed thirteen states taking in the cycling mecca of Portland Oregon, travelling across the Rocky Mountains of Montana to the open plains of South Dakota. They have faced extreme weather conditions including golf-sized hail stones as well as 25mph head winds.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: 'This is a stonking charity initiative, combining a love of cycling with an ambition to know more about how the beloved bicycle is fast becoming a credible form of urban transport in cities around the world.'
Team Chairman, Peter Murray is available for interviews between his cycling schedule.
About Portland to Portland:
Portland to Portland aims to activate building professionals in the US, UK and wider world to help promote better design of cycling infrastructure.
Once complete, the research will provide comparative data and successful solutions - information it is hoped will assist politicians and planners in instituting improved cycling conditions in cities across the world.
The team are planning to ride a staggering 6,575km in 76 days to raise awareness about cycling in cities, reaching New York on June 28 and finishing in London on July 13. P2P is also looking for riders to join the UK leg of the ride, for more information see portlandtoportland.org.
While cycling across the US and UK, the team will also be raising money for architectural charities the Architects Benevolent Society, Article 25 and Architecture for Humanity
Notes to Editors
Portland to Portland would like to thank the following organisations and companies without whom the ride would never have been possible.
Special thanks go to ING MEDIA, the London-based communications agency which has handled the key logistics as well as all communications for the ride. A heartfelt thanks also goes to Rapha, the premium cycle-wear and accessories brand that has supplied the riders with all their kit. British Fashion designer Paul Smith was kind enough to design cycling socks for the team.
- Arthur J Gallagher International
- Jestico + Whiles
- New London Architecture
- Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will
- Capital and Counties
- Wilkinson Eyre Architects