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Weekend Guide: Cranksgiving in May, Star Wars Kidical Mass, Nelson Vails film, Bicycle Sunday + more

Seriously, so much bike stuff is happening this weekend. Just take a look at our events calendar. And that’s even with the calendar being broken, preventing people from adding even more events to it.

If you have an event that is not listed, email [email protected] with details.

We already told you about Pedaler’s Fair Saturday (did you know Critical Lass is riding there in the morning?). But that’s just a drop in the bike event bucket that is May in Seattle. So hop on your bike and go to as many of these bike events as you can. Here’s a taste:

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Cranksgiving in May

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 10.35.16 AMSpokespeople is hosting an easy-going food drive bike ride Saturday to benefit the FamilyWorks Resource Center and Food Bank.

A beginner-friendly ride, bring bags and cash to stock up on donations at the University Farmer’s Market.

Meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N. 42nd and Densmore at 11:45 a.m. Saturday  More Details:

Join FamilyWorks Family Resource Center and Food Bank Director Jake Weber and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle on a ride to and from Wallingford to the University Farmer’s Market. Learn how to pack the produce you buy on a bicycle. We’ll return with produce we buy in the U-District (bring money!) to give to the Food Bank. Jake will give us a tour of the Food Bank when we return.

FamilyWorks serves north central Seattle people who are seeking a path to long-term resiliency and might not otherwise have access to healthy food or parenting- and life-skills resources. www.familyworksseattle.org

Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets) proposed by Greenways groups in Wallingford and the U-District. While it is a short 5-mile loop ride, there are hills that we’ll take slowly. We hope you can join us!

All Wallingford Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N. 42nd and Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please arrive by 11:45 if you are new to riding in groups or need help adjusting your helmet or your bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic, and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques. FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please Contact Ride Leader Cathy Tuttle (206) 713-5869 with any questions. We’ll stop frequently and should be back at the starting point by 2 pm at the latest.

 Star Wars Kidical Mass

1533737_608288862596686_8308650490130206373_nRemember when your parents threw you a Star Wars bike ride? What’s that? Your parents never did that for you?

Details from Kidical Mass (AKA the bikey parents who make other parents look bad):

Get off your rhymes-with-Jabba-the-Hutt, fire up your space bike, and come out for Star Wars Day Kidical Mass!

Sunday, May 4 (“May the 4th be with you!”) NOON–Meet at the tauntauns (dinosaur topiaries) along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont. We’ll do a quick Star Wars craft to decorate our bike helmets as Princess Leia, R2D2, or Yoda! (Note: this will not be a very fancy craft project so feel free to work on your attire at your home space ship ahead of time!) The Hoth black market (Fremont Sunday Market) will be happening a block away so arrive early if you want to pick up some black market droids, bootleg holos, or tasty pre-ride food.

We’ll travel a bit over three parsecs, over the Fremont Space Bridge, through the Westlake Jawa fortress parking lot, and along the temporary Broad Street rebel underpass.

Bring lunch from your home planet or pick something up from the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine (The Seattle Center Armory food court in the Center House) and we’ll have a pleasant picnic on the grassy forest clearing of Endor’s moon alongside the International R2D2-head Fountain, in the shadow of the Jedi Tower (Space Needle). Consider bringing swim suits or change of clothing in case you or your children want to run around the fountain like Ewoks joyriding on Imperial speeder bikes.

Cheetah — the Nelson Vails Story


6:30 p.m. Friday (today!) at REI Seattle. You can get tickets in advance online.

From Nelson Vails:

I’m thrilled to announce the REI premier of “Cheetah – the Nelson Vails Story” in the beautiful Seattle flagship store on Friday May 2nd. This hour-long documentary chronicles my improbable ascension from New York City bike messenger, to the podium of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. As the first, and only African American to ever medal in cycling at an Olympics, I invite you to join me for an evening of cycling history and inspiration. For more information: http://www.cascade.org/connect-films-presentations/cheetah-nelson-vails-story

Bicycle Sunday

It’s the first Bicycle Sunday of the year! Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized traffic and opened to people biking, walking, roller blading and any other kind of human-powered transportation you can imagine. From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park.

2014 Dates:

May 4, 11 and 18
June 1, 15 and 29
July 6 and 13
August 10 and 24
September 14 and 21

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2 responses to “Weekend Guide: Cranksgiving in May, Star Wars Kidical Mass, Nelson Vails film, Bicycle Sunday + more”

  1. connie

    Is Cranksgiving happening this November in Seattle?
    I would like to rider with my friends this year as so much fun last year.


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