Anyone who says Dallas isn’t a bicycle friendly city wasn’t at Cranksgiving on Saturday, November 21st. Over 60 bike riders showed up to the 1st annual Cranksgiving event in Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas. They were bundled up to stay warm in 50 degree temps and 30 mph wind gusts that almost knocked some people over. Despite the weather we couldn’t have asked for a better event. And the added wind just added a little extra competition to the day.
Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. The event started in New York City in 1999 and is now a nationwide pre-Thanksgiving tradition. Local Hub Bicycle Company and Bike Friendly Deep Ellum are excited to bring the event to Dallas this year!
Cranksgiving is a free event to enter where riders use a manifest to ride to designated grocery stores in a 10 mile radius of the starting point and purchase food items that are all donated to a charity for Thanksgiving Diners. All of the food collected during the Dallas Cranksgiving will benefit the StewPot in Downtown Dallas.
We decided to take a different approach to our November Rider Profile after we received an email from Katie Fisher. We met Katie on Twitter of all places. We shared a couple of tweets about bike riding in Dallas, but had never met in person. She emailed us an essay about her experiences with bike commuting in Dallas. Her words were moving to the point of giving us chills. We could relate whole heartedly to the explanation of what keeps her riding her bike everyday. Katie was kind enough to let us tag along on her daily commute from North Dallas to Downtown that included a stop at Method Coffee, a jaunt through Exhall Park, and ride on the DART. Take a few minutes out of your day to read her essay. It might change your mind about how you see people who ride bikes as a mode of transportation.
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