The Boulder/Denver area is helping curb hunger this Thanksgiving season by bike. Great to see these already wonderful acts of kindness that normally take place by the auto culture is now be shifted to the fun and friendly cycling community. Good citizens around the 303 area are turning to human powered transportation to execute their holiday kindness of collecting and transporting food to those in need. Here is what is going down in your community!
- The Mindful Bike Store located at 3509 E 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206 is collecting food donations now thru Nov 19th. On the 20th they will load up some cargo bikes and pedal the food down to Food Bank of the Rockies. PLEASE stop by their shop this week and drop off your non-perishable food items!. If you have a cargo bike and want to help out this cause then be sure to contact the good folks at Mindful Bikes
Learn more about Mindful Bikes's Food Mission
From Alliance for Biking and Walking
A new partnership between Community Cycles and Boulder Food Rescue in Boulder, Colorado highlights a great way to deliver goods without the use of fossil fuels — and raise the profile of bicycle advocacy.
Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) is an all-volunteer nonprofit that receives donated food from grocery stores and transports it to charities serving hungry, homeless and at-risk individuals. When BFR volunteers found out that Community Cycles offers free bike trailer rentals to members, they contacted the organization to see if they too could access this valuable resource. BFR now does 75 percent of its deliveries by bicycle — transporting about 150 pounds each day in Community Cycles’ trailers.
Using Community Cycles trailers saves BFR money on gasoline, car maintenance and other costs, and brings volunteers who deliver food one step closer to the communities they serve. But BFR isn’t the only one that benefits from this partnership.
“It helps our mission by getting people to do more on bikes” says Sue Prant, Community Cycles’ Advocacy Director. The program sets an example that carrying things in bike trailers can be a fun, efficient and cost-effective option for a variety of individuals and organizations.
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Heatherwood Elementary recently collected 250 lbs of food to donate to the Niwot Food Share which they did by bike. Here is a little snippet of donation and ride to Niwot Food Share
This past week, Heatherwood Elementary in Boulder hosted its Fall Walk and Roll Week, where children are encouraged to use human-powered transportation to school for one week (think bikes, scooters, skateboards, walking, etc.). To keep the fun level up, Heatherwood had different theme days throughout the week and Wednesday's theme was "Pedal for a Cause". This year the "cause" was a food drive for Community Food Share, which serves Boulder and Broomfield counties. Students were asked to bring a can of food in their backpacks to donate as they rode to school on Wednesday morning. To keep the human-powered transportation theme going, all of the donated food was then loaded into a couple of Burley trailers and two Heatherwood moms rode the donation to Community Food Share's warehouse in Niwot. Fortunately, for these ladies, the nearly five-mile bike ride was mostly downhill! Once at Community Food Share, the food was unloaded into shopping carts and weighed. These moms were both happy and a little shocked to learn that they had just hauled 260 pounds of food by bike and admitted they were probably a tad over the maximum recommended capacity for their trailers, yet all the food, bikes, burleys and moms arrived in tact.
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