Watch: Cranksgiving riders biked a literal metric tonne of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank

2,223 pounds. That’s 1.1 tons or 1 metric tonne. All by bike. All donated to the community.

I already wrote about how amazing the 2019 Seattle Cranksgiving was over the weekend, but this number is so big that I felt the need to give it its own post.

The 190 people who rode in Seattle’s 10th Cranksgiving all pitched in to purchase and pedal about 12 pounds of food each to donate to Rainier Valley Food Bank. And when you add the food in every rider’s backpacks and panniers together, you get a literal metric tonne. This is the weight of some small cars.

And this is only counting the Cranksgiving Seattle Bike Blog organized with The Bikery and Swift Industries. West Seattle Bike Connections hosted their first West Seattle Cranksgiving a week prior, and they had 35 people haul a reported 1,195 pounds of food to West Seattle Food Bank.

Nationwide, there were a record 109 Cranksgivings this year, which is just astounding. That’s a lot of people biking food for their communities.

There is so much power in people coming together. If many hands make light work, many hands on handlebars can replace a semi truck. And this event costs almost nothing to organize. The only cash that changes hands is between riders and the people selling groceries around town. And riders keep inviting more friends to join, resulting in consistent growth (with weather playing a factor year-to-year).

Graph of Cranksgiving donation weights by year. The amount grows from 350 pounds in 2010 to 2,223 pounds in 2019.So big thank you to everyone who has ever ridden or sponsored the ride. And if you are inspired to start a Cranksgiving ride in your town or neighborhood, you should! Check out the how-to guide at cranksgiving.org to get started or email tom@seattlebikeblog.com.

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