Janesville natives to bike across country to promote affordable housing

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

JANESVILLE—Three Janesville natives will be biking across the country this summer to raise money for and awareness of affordable housing issues.

Megan Lindgren, Annie Miller and Katie Leute are all participating in Bike & Build and will ride several thousand miles.

Bike & Build offers young adults 18- to 25-years-old eight different routes each summer. Riders stop in towns along their route to participate in construction projects with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and meet with community members to discuss affordable housing issues.

Lindgren, a Craig and UW-Madison graduate, will join about 30 other young adults and ride 4,134 miles from Jacksonville, Florida, to Monterey, California. She departs May 16 and expects to reach California on Aug. 3. To see her bio page or make a donation, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7259.

Miller and Leute will be part of a group of 33 riders leaving Nags Head, North Carolina on May 13 and arriving in San Diego, California, on July 21. They will ride 3,592 miles.

Miller is a graduate of Craig and Purdue University. To see Miller's bio page or make a donation, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7410.

Leute is a graduate of Craig and UW-La Crosse. To read Leute's bio page or make a donation, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7223.

A separate group of Bike & Build riders is expected in Janesville on July 9 to help with a local housing project.

“We are deeply proud that Bike & Build has 265 riders this year who are so committed to the affordable housing cause that they are willing to raise much-need funds and spend two months of their summer biking across this amazing country,” Justin Villere, Bike & Build's director of outreach and operations, said in a news release.

“Bike & Build provides the opportunity, it is the riders who make the impact on housing issues through our cycling trips.

Since its founding in 2003, Bike & Build has included more than 2,000 volunteers and contributed more than $4.5 million and 160,000 volunteer hours to housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together.

For more information, visit http://bikeandbuild.org.

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