Social Cycling Flint wins state's top award for bicycling clubs

FILNT, Michigan — The League of Michigan Bicyclists recently named Social Cycling Flint as its 2019 Club of the Year.

Danny Moilanen (center) accepts the Club of the Year award from the League of Michigan Bicyclists on Oct. 19, 2019.Social Cycling Flint beat out four other nominees to take the top honor. Nominees came from all across the state and included Cherry Capital Cycling Club, 313 Ambassadors, Metro Detroit Mountain Bikers, and Ann Arbor Velo Club.

Danny Moilanen, who accepted the award on behalf of Social Cycling Flint said the group is humbled and honored to receive the award. “(I’m) proud of the work our group has done to improve bicycling culture in the city of Flint,” he said in a Facebook event following the awards ceremony on Oct. 19 in Detroit.

Social Cycling Flint is a diverse group of cyclists that work to improve bicycle culture by encouraging anyone and everyone to join and ride — with the hope of turning a few into everyday commuters.

The group hosts weekly, evening social bike rides in the city of Flint throughout the spring and fall. The next is its “Ride of the Damned” at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Riders meet at the Flat Lot in downtown Flint. 

Social Cycling Flint has sister groups in Austin and New York City and it plans to organize Social Cycling Exchanges for groups of riders travel to other cities to join their social bike rides in the future. 

Since 2010, The League of Michigan Bicyclists has been recognizing cycling advocates from across the state for their contributions through a number of awards. 

For more information, visit Social Cycling Flint's Facebook Page

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