GOOD

Contest: Share a Bike Photo—and Your Best Bike Story

Send us a great bike photo and story and you could win up to $5,000 for a nonprofit of your choice.


This post is in partnership with CLIF Bar

If there's one thing we love, it’s bikes! Whether it’s for commuting, adventure, or exercise, biking is a great way to travel while leaving a light carbon footprint. If you consider that each mile you travel by bike instead of car prevents one pound of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere, it's clear that bike riding is the way to go.


In the U.S., it's estimated that 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less. Unfortunately, 90 percent of those trips are usually by car, which adds up in fuel and carbon emissions. CLIF Bar created the 2 Mile Challenge with the goal of replacing 100,000 car trips with bike trips. In addition to preventing hundreds of pounds of carbon emissions, the 2 Mile Challenge will award $100,000 in grants to nonprofits doing inspiring, impactful work for bicycle advocacy and fighting climate change.

CLIF Bar has earmarked $10,000 for the GOOD community to move the grassroots bike movement forward. Help show how awesome the biking lifestyle can be and you could win a grant for your favorite biking charity! Here's how the contest works:

the OBJECTIVE

Encourage everyone to celebrate and embrace the benefits of the biking lifestyle. We'll feature an awesome slideshow of the GOOD community's best bike-related pictures and stories that celebrate and promote biking.

the PRIZES

The top three entrants with the most votes will designate a biking nonprofit of their choice to receive a cash grant. The top vote earner will win a year's supply of CLIF Bars and their chosen nonprofit will receive a $5,000 grant. Two runner ups will receive a bike messenger bag full of CLIF Bars and their chosen nonprofits will each receive a $2,500 grant.

the REQUIREMENTS

You must submit all of the following to be eligible to win:

1) A picture of your bike

2) Your best story of a memorable biking experience (250 words or less, please)

3) The name and contact info of your favorite bike nonprofit organization that does work in bike advocacy, safety, awareness, and/or support.

Enter here by September 5. A panel of judges from GOOD and CLIF Bar will select the top 15 submissions and feature them the week of September 12, when voting opens!

To learn more about fight climate change through pedal power, join the 2 Mile Challenge and help reduce the number of car trips in America. Also check out how easy it is to transition to a more bike-friendly lifestyle in the GOOD Guide to Biking for the Planet.

Articles
via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
test
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less
Health

Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

Photo by Henry Sempangi Senyule

When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

Keep Reading Show less
Health
via Keith Boykin / Twitter

Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

Keep Reading Show less
Politics