Bike Around the Bay Raises More Than Half a Million Dollars for Work to Preserve The Bay, New Title Sponsor Announced

  • October 27, 2022
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KEMAH, Texas – Oct. 27, 2022 – Bike Around the Bay, the annual two-day cycling event along the Upper Texas Coast, was held this past weekend and raised more than $500,000 in support of the Galveston Bay Foundation and its work to preserve and enhance the Bay for future generations. The weekend festivities also included the announcement of LyondellBasell as the new title sponsor of the ride.

A total of 1,275 riders registered to participate in this year’s event, which featured a two-day, 170-mile route from Baytown to Galveston and back as well as one-day, 20- and 40-mile routes on Galveston Island.

Video highlights from the ride can be viewed here.

A longtime community partner of the Galveston Bay Foundation, LyondellBasell returns as the title sponsor of Bike Around the Bay beginning in 2023. The company was instrumental in starting the event in 2007.

“Everything old is new again,” said Galveston Bay Foundation President Bob Stokes. “We are thrilled our partnership with LyondellBasell has come full circle and they will again be the presenting sponsor of Bike Around the Bay. We look forward to working together to make this event even better for our riders and their supporters.”

In addition to its sponsorship of Bike Around the Bay, LyondellBasell has supported the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Rain Barrel Program since 2014. During that time, more than 2,800 rain barrels have been distributed throughout the Houston-Galveston region creating the potential to conserve more than 3 million gallons of water.

“LyondellBasell is proud to be a dedicated supporter of Galveston Bay Foundation and we are honored to be returning as the presenting sponsor of Bike Around the Bay,” said Elizabeth Weiss, LyondellBasell Manager of Global Corporate Citizenship. “We are committed to Advancing Our Planet and being a responsible, good neighbor in the communities where we operate.”

A signature event since 2007, Bike Around the Bay has taken place each fall except for 2008. That year’s ride was canceled due to Hurricane Ike, and instead, riders and volunteers participated in a “Clean Up Around the Bay Ike Recovery Event.”

Next year’s Bike Around the Bay ride is scheduled for Oct. 21-22, 2023. For more information about the event, including opportunities to ride, volunteer, support a rider’s fundraiser, or become a sponsor, visit

About Galveston Bay Foundation

Established in 1987, Galveston Bay Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come. It implements diverse programs in land preservation, habitat restoration, water protection, youth education, and advocacy. For further information, contact the Foundation at (281) 332-3381, visit or connect via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.