The Dream Ride Projects organization is a registered 501c3 not for profit organization with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1993. Since 2008 Dream Ride Projects has been the fiduciary and administrative organization for the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley, a partnership that works with the State Department of Environmental Protection to manage an Air Quality Improvement Grant that focuses on awareness and cultural change campaigns.
In the Beginning…..
June 5, 1993- May 21, 1994 – Dream Ride for AIDS
A solo, self-contained bicycle tour by Mike Ridgeway to promote education efforts concerning HIV infection and AIDS.
“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.” ~ Mike Ridgeway, Founder and Exec. Director, Dream Ride Projects
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. The purpose was to promote The Betty Finney HIV/AIDS Memorial Garden, and honor county residents who had died battling this disease.
14 hours, 32 Minutes
Sept 8, 1995-October 25, 1995
In partnership with Statewide American Red Cross Chapters, a SOLO bicycle tour of the perimeter of the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose was to present HIV/AIDS presentations.
48 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes
Sept. 9-Oct 7, 1996
A second SOLO PA state perimeter ride for AIDS awareness.
29 Days, 6 Hours, 10 minutes
Oct. 9- Oct. 12, 1996
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 in Washington, D.C. on Columbus Day Weekend.
2 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes
11 New Quilt Panels
Husa, Lisa, Nancy, Michele, Michelle, Mike, Randy, Tom, Tracey
May 1- May 4, 1997
Three cyclists, including Mike Ridgeway rode Lancaster county’s perimeter over 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.
3 Days, 2 Hours, 54 Minutes
Two Churches, One College, One Community AIDS Walk
Benjamin, Michele, Mike, Nancy, Tom, Tracey
August 29-Nov. 9, 1997
This SOLO 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.
72 days, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes