Missoula, Mont. – In December, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) announced that it finished the 2013 fiscal year with a record number of members at 46,724. Though the organization reported that its sales fell 1 percent from 2012, they have grown 80 percent over the last decade. This year the ACA also received $662,094 in donations from members, foundations and businesses – such as the Tawani Foundation, Climate Ride and New Belgium Brewing.
The ACA is a non-profit organization encouraging travel by bicycle. Its efforts include leading guided bike tours (more than 70 in 2013), producing maps of long-distance bicycle routes, publishing its magazine, Adventure Cyclist, and conducting bicycle traveling education and advocacy. The ACA publishes Adventure Cyclist nine times each year with stories and photos of bicycle traveling, instructional info and product reviews. It will also begin selling this year a map of its Idaho Hot Springs Bicycle Route (608 miles in length), for which it finished research in 2013. Research will also now begin on a 2,500 mile Bicycle Route 66 map.
According to the ACA, it is the largest cycling organization in North America. On top of regular membership, the association boasts 2288 life members, 274 bike-shop members and 123 bike club members. In 2013 it also added 14 corporate members including Blackburn, Q-Outdoor and Revelate Designs. 1,636 members live outside of the U.S. in 55 different countries. ACA membership includes a subscription to Adventure Cyclist, discounts on maps and tour and educational opportunities.