Cranksgiving Dallas: Recap
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. All you need is a bike, a bag, and a lock! It started in New York City in 1999, and there are now nearly 80 independently organized events across the globe. The event has its roots in bike messenger alleycats, but there are no requirements other than “get food” and “do it on a bike”. Bicycling Magazine did a profile including a video of the 2015 event.
Once riders arrived, they were given a manifest detailing the criteria for the event. Every rider or team had to strategize and figure out their own route based on the grocery stores listed on the manifest. Along with traveling to 3 grocery stores and picking up 1 food item per person, there were 2 fun bonuses that included taking a selfie in Thanksgiving Square Park and getting baby food at Whole Foods in Lakewood. Some riders also took advantage of Lakewood on Tap while they were shopping.
The main goal of Cranksgiving is to collect food items to donate to a charity. The other part, which was equally as fun and fulfilling was to figure out how to get around on urban streets of Dallas. Some riders posted their routes on Strava, which was really interesting to compare their journey’s since there were a total of 9 different grocery stores to choose from.
Cranksgiving is a charity bike event and not a race. That’s why it’s so much fun. Anyone with a bike can participate and help the community while getting a little exercise. The first finisher, David Bigbee, did it in 32 minutes…that’s riding about 8 miles and going into 3 grocery stores. I preferred not to ask how he finished so fast.
People’s generosity was overwhelming. The first Cranksgiving Dallas was a huge success with over 500 food items donated including The East Side Taco Ride delivering 77 more items the next day. Cars were overloaded with food donations driven to our charity of choice, the Stew Pot, because everyone brought back way more than expected.
Thank you to everyone that came out to ride, volunteer, and an extra big thank you to our sponsors, Community Beer Company, Ellum Bag Works, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, Bike Friendly Deep Ellum, and to Belmont Ice House for designing the poster. We have already started planning next year’s event and we are excited to see what year 2 has to offer.