Dinner and Bikes!

What’s on tap this awesome evening? Food, Film, and Fun!

Dinner and Bikes is a delicious multimedia tour designed to entertain and encourage us to try out everyday bicycling right here in our own community! The tour will swing through Holland on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Velo City Cycles. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now. This is going to be FUN.

Yummy Food by Joshua Ploeg

First, let’s talk about the food. When I started organizing this event, I thought, eh, food. I like food, but I’m not a Food Person, you know? Plus, it’s vegan (ultra-vegetarian), and that’s something new to me.

BUT. I’m prepared to be converted.

“The curry bananas were the best!”

Josh’s cooking has been described as “fresh and exciting,” “his combination of flavors are unexpected, even a little exotic.” When he delivers his calzones to a pizzeria in Sacramento, they routinely sell out within hours. This is a meal that promises to be filling and uniquely delicious. I’m getting hungry just looking at that picture. You?

The Film Aftermass, by Joe Biel

Now, on to the film Aftermass:

Aftermass features many of the leaders and major participants behind the growth of bicycling ridership since 1971. The narrative demonstrates the complex dynamic throughout the 1990s between advocacy organizations, politicians, city planners, and the then new, grassroots Critical Mass ride. The film is full of smiling faces on two wheels, but also explores the controversies, setbacks, and bumps along the way, including riots, political roadblocks, and an illegal police spy.

Yes, riots. Let me just say this: there was some crazy stuff happening in Portland for a while there. The Critical Mass movement itself remains controversial, as the comments on this bikePortland article make clear. Intended to be a positive celebration of bikes, it often devolved into conflicts with police and as a result soon began to draw aggressive participants who appeared to be looking for a fight. But did it help move Portland forward? The film has thought-provoking potential, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Everyday Bicycling, by Elly Blue

Are you intrigued by the idea of using your bike to get around, but… eek. Dealing with cars, rain, kids, dress clothes, finding good routes can all just seem too overwhelming. (That’s kind of where I’m at, by the way – working through the “eek.”) Elly Blue has been there, done that, and is going to tell us all about it.

I asked her, via e-mail, why she loved bikes and if she’d always been a bike rider. Her response:

I started riding at age 20 — when I discovered bicycles I immediately took to it as a way to be free and self-sufficient and get around town quickly without the expense of owning a car. I really lucked out, moving to Portland at just the right time to get involved in the growing bike movement there, so now bicycling provides all the same personal benefits and also the opportunity to do meaningful work and to be part of a really exciting change nationwide. I get to meet the most inspiring people, that’s the best part.

She recently published a little book – a “zine” – called Everyday Cycling and the reviews are so very approachable and inspiring.

From one reviewer:

[T]hat is just what I loved about Everyday Bicycling altogether: the passion and infectious enthusiasm that comes across from the author on the subject of cycling. I also loved that Blue resists the temptation to present herself as someone having figured out just the right way to go about “being a cyclist,” offering instead tips and ideas always with the caveat of getting out there and figuring things about by doing.

More reviews here, here, and here.

It’s going to be so much fun! Do join us! Here’s that ticket link again:

See you there!

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I’d be remiss not to mention that you can also catch Dinner and Bikes in:
Grand Rapids on May 4,
Traverse City on May 5,
East Lansing on May 6,
Ann Arbor on May 7, and