More than two months ago, a co-operative cycling group of 15 undergraduates and recent grads from Western Massachusetts – Co-Cycle – left San Francisco for the Northeast. Motivated by a mission to build a network of like-minded communities dedicated to a brighter, more sustainable future, the project was launched in honor of the United Nations' 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.
Since San Francisco, the group has accumulated more than 3,000 miles and visited more than 50 co-op organizations.
A team of filmmakers from New York University is chronicling the journey, with the aim of producing a feature length documentary, To The Moon, that will compete in international film festivals.
As they receive warm receptions in towns and cities, the Co-Cycle team continues to witness the power of communities to share their dedication to cooperative action. The mayor of Madison declared 6-10 August 2012 “Co-Cycle Week” in honor of their contributions to the co-operative movement.
The three-month road trip will conclude on 1 September with a celebratory homecoming event in Amherst, Massachusetts.
To learn more about the cyclists and ways you can get involved, please visit www.co-cycle.coop. Follow Co-Cycle on Facebook or Twitter (@CoCycle2012) for regular updates and highlights.