180 riders hauled an astounding 3,308 kilos of donations throughout Cranksgiving 2022


Seattle’s thirteenth Annual Cranksgiving was one for the document books. The meals drive bike experience’s 199 individuals (180 riders and 19 volunteers) purchased and hauled 3,308 kilos of meals and necessities to the U District, Rainier Valley and Byrd Barr Place Meals Banks. This formally topped the earlier document set in 2019.

After two years of dramatically-scaled-back occasions as a result of pandemic, I missed you all a lot. The Cranksgiving crew is so particular. Everyone seems to be simply beaming with positivity and love for the group. I’m nonetheless glowing simply from being round you all.

The 2022 occasion might have been the thirteenth Cranksgiving Seattle Bike Weblog has organized, however it was additionally a brand new starting as we partnered with Cascade Bicycle Membership’s Pedaling Aid Mission to take it to the subsequent degree. 2019’s 190 riders was on the limits of what I might feasibly deal with as a sole organizer engaged on a shoestring finances. Swift Industries had lengthy been our closest accomplice, internet hosting the afterparty of their Pioneer Sq. showroom for a few years. However their showroom is not there (now you can try their wares inside Peloton Cafe), and our crowd was already bursting on the seams. To permit the occasion to develop, we would have liked extra cautious group and a coordinated crew of volunteers. PRP, led by pal of the weblog Maxwell Burton, did that and extra.

Massive due to Burton and Cascade Journey and Occasions Program Supervisor Rishan Mohideen for working with me behind the scenes to make this 12 months so successful. Central Cinema graciously waived venue charges for the afterparty and had been very affected person with all our last-minute adjustments. Thanks additionally to Bike Works, who introduced their BikeMobile to the beginning line to assist with pre-ride mechanical points and secured donated reward playing cards from REI to assist some riders offset their purchases. Thanks additionally to Eugene Pak for presenting in regards to the upcoming movie Using Han.

These donations will likely be a giant assist, however your native meals banks want all the assistance they’ll get proper now. As Josh Cohen reported for Crosscut this week, meals banks are dealing with a severe squeeze as pandemic-related funds dry up and inflation makes groceries costlier. The Ballard Meals Financial institution, for instance, expects to spend about $1.5 million on groceries this 12 months in comparison with $300,000 a 12 months in the past. So please think about financial donations to help these organizations doing vital and direct group help work. It’s also possible to volunteer your time with the meals banks instantly or by becoming a member of a (very enjoyable) Seattle Pedaling Aid Mission staff to assist with meals rescue and supply work.

And naturally, thanks to all of the riders. Listed here are some scenes from . In case you have extra that you simply need to share, both e-mail [email protected] or publish hyperlinks within the feedback beneath:

Riders posing with donations, including one dressed as a taco

Photograph from Sundar Rajan.

A rider with a balloon costume

Photograph from Paul Tolmé, Cascade.

A rider dressed as ketchup

Photograph from Paul Tolmé, Cascade.

Riders dressed as super heroes

Photograph from Sara Kiesler.

Riders sitting with their grocery haul.

Photograph from Sundar Rajan.

Riders in front of Bike Works.

Photograph from Sundar Rajan.

Riders dropping off food at Bike Works.

Photograph from Sundar Rajan.

About Tom Fucoloro

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