Dream Ride Projects is the administrative facilitator for the CYCLE SMART Bicycling Program, Dream Ride Lancaster, the Dream Ride Ultra Cycling Team, the Nightmare Tours & Lancaster BikeFest, and the League of Lancaster Bicyclists

Fulfilling Dreams and Having a Positive Impact On Our Community, A Bicycle Friendly Organization.
The official registration and financial information of Dream Ride Projects may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The 17th Annual Dream Ride Lancaster
Lancaster's Premiere Fundraising Event!

Saturday, September 22, 2012
NEW LOCATION: Community Bible Church
331 Anderson Ferry Road
Marietta, PA 17547

Registration Form

Thanks for Supporting a Bicycle Friendly Lancaster County by participating in this Event!

A Fundraising Event presented by the League of Lancaster Bicyclists & other Lancaster Charities

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Our bicycle tours will take you through the rolling countryside of Western and Northwestern Lancaster County with continuous views of preserved farmland, some covered bridges and the less traveled country roads.

Rides start between 6:00AM-6:30AM (depending on fog) and usually finish around 6:00PM. Day-of Registration begins at 5:15 AM.

Want to support your own charity for Dream Ride Lancaster?
The Dream Ride Committee has always invited local charities with 501c3 status to recruit cyclists and raise financial pledges to support these charities and their important work. Since 1995 cyclists and our participating charities have raised nearly $1 Million! ALL monies you raise go directly to your selected charity. Contact your charity now and get the wheels turning! If you would like to add your charity to our list, please contact us

Dream Ride LancsterThe ultimate success of this event depends on an extraordinary volunteer effort. Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas: Day-of registration, parking attendants, support vehicle drivers. Please e-mail the Director if you are interested.

We hold monthly planning meetings for the Dream Ride Lancaster Event scheduled for September 22, 2012. All Charities participating in this event are strongly encouraged to attend to receive the most updated event information. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (except for July), beginning at 9:00 AM at the 630 Janet Avenue Community Complex with the following schedule leading up to the event: February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5, and continuing after the event on October 3, and November 7. Meetings last approximately 90 minutes. E-mail us for complete directions and agendas for each meeting.


Memorial Park

3000 Ride ChallengeDream Ride 3000 Ride Challenge
The Lancaster County Fireman's Association recently took on substantial debt via a loan, and provided $90k to build the recently completed Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center Memorial Park - located at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center in Salunga, just off Rt. 283. The memorial park was created to formally recognize local first responders killed in the line of duty.

The Fireman's Association has employed various methods by which to raise funds to re-pay this loan, but has a long way to go. Dream Ride Projects has selected this "Project" as a long-term (3 year) effort, with a goal to raise $30k per year.

Each year, for the next (3), Lancaster county bicyclists are challenged, collectively, to complete 3000 rides of what is known as the "LOOP Route," collecting as many $10 pledges/ride as possible. Click here for the pledge form.

The 38-mile “LOOP Route" is partially/permanently signed in both directions through most of the following townships or boroughs; Manheim Township, Neffsville, East Petersburg, Landisville, Silver Spring, Mountville, Millersville, and Lancaster City. Click here for a map and cue sheet.

September 11 Memorial Bike RouteIt is the ambition of Dream Ride Projects founder, Mike Ridgeway, that the route be formally recognized and re-named "The 9/11 Memorial Bikeway," appropriately named to reflect the memory of the 9/11 tragedy, as well as pay tribute to local firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel lost in the line of duty in Lancaster county.

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Tour de Lancaster
Friday, July 29 at 6:00am - July 31 at 6:00pm
Penn Square in Lancaster City

Tour de LancasterRide sections of Lancaster County’s infamous 'Nightmare Tour' (more challenging than any single day of the Tour de France!) to raise funds to support the local Food Bank location of your choice.

Mike Ridgeway and the Dream Ride Ultra-Cycling Community Team are challenging Team Members and bicyclists training for the August 13th Nightmare Tours to come out and support this inaugural event.

REGISTRATION begins at 5:00am, day of event, and requires a minimum 25 Pounds of donated non-perishable food. Donations exceeding 25 Pounds will give riders 'Time Credits.'

Follow this page for additional Registration Info and Rules for this unique event supporting local Food Bank efforts.

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Dream Ride 9/11 - Ride to Remember
September 11, 2011
Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, location of the Lancaster County First Responders Memorial Park
101 Champ Blvd.
Manheim, PA 17545

Who:

Lancaster County Bicyclists, all ages, all genders, all skill levels who want to remember the tragedy and heroism of September 11, 2001 and support the Lancaster County First Responders Memorial Park.

What:

Dream Ride Projects Founder and Ultra-Distance Bicyclist Mike Ridgeway is encouraging the Lancaster County Bicycling Community to join his efforts in a 3-year fund raising campaign to raise $90,000 needed to complete the Lancaster County Public Safety Memorial Park located at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, PA in time for the Tenth Anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Ridgeway began the campaign the afternoon of September 11, 2010 riding a 35-mile route three times to reflect the three locations of the tragedy in 2001 that took almost 3,000 lives.

Where:

The 35-mile “LOOP” Bike Route is partially permanently signed in both directions through most of the following townships or boroughs; Manheim Township, Neffsville, East Petersburg, Landisville, Silver Spring, Mountville, Millersville, and Lancaster City. It is Ridgeway’s ambition that during the upcoming year he will be able to have the route converted to a Memorial Bike Route appropriately named to reflect the memory of the 9-11 tragedy and dedicated to the Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Personnel lost in the Line of Duty in Lancaster County as well.

When:

  • Beginning September 11, 2010, Ridgeway
    plans to ride the designated route three times on this day.
  • The Eleventh Day of each month until September 11, 2011, Ridgeway plans to ride the designated route and will be encouraging members of the Lancaster County Bicycling Community to ride the route at least once during this year-long campaign.

Why:

  • To remember the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001.
  • To support the completion of the Lancaster County
    Public Safety Memorial Park.
  • To promote bicycling and the rehabilitation of the “LOOP Bike Route”
    as a permanently signed bicycle route.

Check back to this page for updated information concerning this 3-year project


 

Dream Ride Ultra Cycling

Dream Ride Ultra Cycling
A Cycling Team focused on Ultra-Distance Events and Fund Raising Activities for Causes related to the Dream Ride Projects organization.

Dream Ride Projects Founder Mike Ridgeway and RAAM Veteran Crew Members Barbara Searles and Matt Propst are forming a unique Ultra-Cycling Team.

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Betty Finney Garden

New Project: Friends of Betty Finney House HIV / AIDS Memorial Garden
We are committed to upgrading the Garden and committing to a stronger maintenance presence. The Garden represents 454 Lancaster Residents lost to HIV/AIDS.

The Garden is located within the Northwest Corridor Linear Park in Lancaster City.

For up-do-date information on this project, please see our Facebook page.

Friends of Betty Finney House Garden Facebook Link


Dream Ride for AIDS

In the Beginning…..

June 5, 1993- May 21, 1994

A solo, self-contained bicycle tour to promote education efforts concerning HIV infection and AIDS.

  • 13,108.6 Miles
  • 30 States
  • 50 Weeks
  • 25,000 People
  • 213 Organizations

Thanks…

Although I get most of the notoriety for spending nearly a year on the road and making presentations all around the country, I know I couldn't have done it without "the gang". So a big thanks goes out to the original Dream Ride for AIDS folks; Pamela, Helen, Kathy, Chris, Rita, Pete & Patty, Jeannine, Jim, Scott & Christy, Monroe, Dennis, Mike, Bill, Sheri & Keith, Denise, Ben, Jeff, Sid, Dennis, Harold & Joni, Rich, and Tim. And I'm not leaving out my own family; Mom & Dad and Lynn & Val and their families all rallied around my cause and supported my efforts throughout the year-long journey.

 

May 19, 1995

As part of 12th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization, another solo and self-contained ride. This ride was just the perimeter of Lancaster County. Purpose was to promote Betty Finney AIDS Memorial Garden and honor County residents who had died.

  • 178 Miles
  • 1 County
  • 14 hours, 32 Minutes
  • 100 People
  • 8 Organizations

 

Sept 8, 1995-October 25, 1995

In partnership with Statewide American Red Cross Chapters, a one-person bicycle tour on the perimeter of the state of Pennsylvania. Purpose was HIV/AIDS presentations.

  • 1,209.3 Miles
  • 39 Cities
  • 48 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes
  • 5,033 People
  • 20 Organizations

 

Sept. 9-Oct 7, 1996

A second ride for AIDS awareness on the perimeter of the state of Pennsylvania.

  • 873.1 Miles
  • 21 Cities
  • 29 Days, 6 Hours, 10 minutes
  • 4,996 People
  • 12 Organizations

Oct. 9- Oct. 12, 1996 | Photos

First "Dream Ride for AIDS, The Road to the AIDS Quilt". Eight other cyclists joined Mike Ridgeway on a three-day bicycle trip to deliver quilt panels via bicycle to the 1996 AIDS Memorial Quilt display being held in Washington, D.C. on Columbus Day Weekend.

  • 171 Miles
  • 3 Cities
  • 2 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes
  • 156 People
  • 4 Organizations
  • 11 New Quilt Panels
  • Husa, Lisa, Nancy, Michele, Michelle, Mike, Randy, Tom, Tracey

May 1- May 4, 1997

Three cyclists, including Mike Ridgeway circumnavigate Lancaster County’s perimeter in four days. The project included AIDS quilt displays in Willow Street, Adamstown, Elizabethtown and Lancaster City. Three cyclists joined us from Elizabethtown and we walked together at the Lancaster AIDS Walk.

  • 178 Miles
  • 3 Towns
  • 3 Days, 2 Hours, 54 Minutes
  • 1,004 People
  • Two Churches, One College, One Community AIDS Walk
  • Benjamin, Michele, Mike, Nancy, Tom, Tracey

August 29-Nov. 9, 1997- This cross-country bicycle tour carried eight newly made quilt panels to the original home of the NAMES Project in San Francisco. Michael Ridgeway rode alone. The panels were carried with a B.O.B. Trailer in tow. See Photos

  • 3,182.7 Miles
  • 42 Cities
  • 72 days, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes
  • 1,500 People