The rooftop Moots/CyclePath party (Courtesy)
Moots and Portland bike shop CyclePath teamed up to raise $19,525 for two Northwest cycling advocacy organizations, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA). The proceeds were raised through a Moots/CyclePath raffle in which the grand prize was a fully built Moots Psychlo X cyclocross bike valued at $7,000.
Portland resident Scooter Sutterer won the cyclocross bike.
“When I bought the raffle ticket it was more about helping BTA and NWTA. Of course I thought it would be nice to win, but it’s always good to support local bike advocacy and trails,” said Sutterer. “I was out of town, on business, the evening of the drawing and bummed I would miss the party. I had just sat down for dinner after a long day of traveling. It was perfect timing when the beer I ordered arrived about the same time as the email from Bill at CyclePath telling me I had won the Moots bike.”
The drawing and celebration party was held earlier this month on top of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, with beer served by Hopworks Urban Brewery, who donated their product and the monies collected from sales to BTA and NWTA.
“The proceeds from the Moots/CyclePath raffle go directly to programs that get more people on bikes, more bikes on the streets and trails, and more cyclists advocating for greater opportunities and access,” said Jon Pheanis, president of the Northwest Trail Alliance “Our local park and recreation systems are cash strapped becoming increasingly reliant on nonprofit organizations like NWTA and BTA. These partnerships are making a difference and leading the way, setting the stage for the next generation of cyclists.”
“The support of the local cyclists made this event a success,” said Bill Larson, owner of CyclePath. “I can’t think of one person who bought a ticket that felt they had any shot at winning the Moots bike, but rather felt buying a ticket was a win because of where the money was going. Both BTA and NWTA have done notable work over the years to help our city gain safe and fun road and off-road access for bicycles. Here’s to more trail and bike paths!”