Each October, hundreds of families take to the streets during the Moonlight Garden Ride to explore Savannah’s historic neighborhoods on bicycle and raise funds for a good cause.
This year however, the coronavirus had other plans.
Now, to keep participants socially distant and safe, Bike Walk Savannah have come up with a new way to keep the tradition and mission alive.
The 12th Annual Moonlight Garden Ride will now take place over the course of the month. All October, riders can make a pledge for a desired fundraising level and log their own miles across Savannah.
Participants can pledge to bike, walk or run a set amount of miles from October 1 to October 31. During the course of the event, participants will set personal and team fundraising goals to support Bike Walk Savannah’s mission to create a safe and equitable environment to bike and walk in Savannah.
The "why" of the event, is what organizers say make it so worthwhile.
All donations from Moonlight Garden Ride will go directly to Bike Walk Savannah programs, which continues to work toward a more bike-friendly city for the benefits of residents and visitors alike.
Organizers ask participants to share their "why" online during their fundraising efforts, posting to social media and using the hashtag #MGR2020.
Bike Walk Savannah says they accomplish their "why" through advocacy and policy work, education classes for children and adults, and rides and walks to encourage people to make biking and walking a part of their daily lives.
The Moonlight Garden Ride is the non-profit organization’s biggest annual fundraiser and a major component to keeping the group’s programs running.
Participants can raise any amount they choose, but there are set fundraising levels available with prizes and gift packages for those who reach those goals.
Fundraising levels range from $35 to $2,000 and come with prizes including water bottles, face masks, commemorative T-shirts, and even the chance to win a new bike from Quality Bike Shop.
Organizers say it’s all aimed at getting people moving and having fun while staying socially distant for a good cause. That mission still continues, even if things look a little different this year.