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The Portland Peace and Justice Center, a non-profit organization working to advance global peace and justice by promoting local economics and grassroots democracy, is launching its first annual Sustainable Energy in Motion Bike Tour and fundraiser this June. Using one of the most sustainable means of travel – a bicycle – participants explore real examples of local businesses and communities working together to create thriving regional economies and environmentally sustainable societies.

The Portland Peace and Justice Center, a non-profit organization working to advance global peace and justice by promoting local economics and grassroots democracy, is launching its first annual Sustainable Energy in Motion Bike Tour and fundraiser this June. Using one of the most sustainable means of travel – a bicycle – participants explore real examples of local businesses and communities working together to create thriving regional economies and environmentally sustainable societies.

Sustainable Energy in Motion combines the fun and adventure of bicycle touring with the added benefit of learning about the sustainability movement. These fully supported rides concentrate on active involvement with Native American communities, permaculture and organic agricultural sites, sustainable businesses models and educational organizations. Participants need to be prepared to get their hands dirty as they give back to these host communities through service, participating in projects such as building a Native American sweat lodge, organic farming/orchard work, and wild land restoration.

Each of the tour’s five different rides will include 25 riders of all abilities and will take participants to some of the most scenic bicycle touring areas in Oregon. Each tour is a uniquely designed experience tailored to meet the needs of a diverse array of biking enthusiasts. Routes include legendary Hwy 101 winding along the surf battered bluffs of the Oregon coast, country roads through the orchard and vineyard-rich Willamette Valley and historic roadways framed by the cliffs and mountains of the Columbia River Gorge. Riders may stay in a traditional Native American plank house, camp with the sweet smell of fresh fruit in a Willamette Valley orchard, or sleep underneath stars in the desert or near pounding surf. The Portland Metro Tour – the final ride – includes multiple stops in the “ most bike friendly city in America”, where riders can learn about green building, sustainable business practices, and urban agriculture.

Sustainable Energy in Motion Tour 2005

June 3 – June 10: Oregon Coast

June 17 – July 1: Willamette Valley

July 10 – Aug 9: Coast, Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon

Aug 14 – 28: Columbia River Gorge to Umatilla Reservation

Sept. 4 – 11: Portland Metro – Urban Sustainability

About the Portland Peace and Justice Center: The Portland Peace and Justice Center’s mission is to advance global peace and justice by promoting local economics and grassroots democracy. These values are mirrored on the tour. All who participate, host communities and riders will benefit from this unique experience while raising money for a permanent space for the newly formed Portland Peace and Justice Center.

For more information, visit http://www.portlandpeace.org, call (971) 223-2268 or email motiontour@portlandpeace.org.

Contact: Vladislav Davidzon - Executive Director, Portland Peace and Justice Center.

(971) 223-2268 Email: vladislav@portlandpeace.org

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