|The Capitol Pedaler|
As a board member, I planned this shindig a couple months ago in hopes of sharing what the bike fed has been up to, introducing those not familiar with us, and of course, raising some funds and getting people to join. I did not ever think the Packers would be playing...on a Thursday.
Savvy event organizers will look far ahead on the calender to see if a football game is planned on the day their event is. For those of you not from Wisconsin, I'm not joking when I say the entire city disappears if the Badgers or Green Bay are playing. Cyclists joke it's the best time to ride since no one is on the road. Alas, I wasn't "savvy" and was concerned very few would show after I, along with the bike fed staff, had worked so hard to pull this party together.
|Our faithful staff and volunteers|
I guess the act that bowls me over the most is how local businesses jump at the chance to contribute to bike events. I've had the pleasure of putting on other gatherings in the past, and I can only think of two instances where people have turned me down for donations or use of their space. It's an amazing thing to hear someone say "You know, I'm not much of a cyclist, however, I really support what you're doing...I'd love to help out." When the planning stage was still in effect, I was greeted with a "yes" by everyone almost immediately.
|The Krause Family Band|
Foodfight has supported so many of my events with space and product. They are truly a bike friendly business. There are no words for my gratitude towards the Krause Family Band. They played for over two hours and I'm sure got a ton of new followers. Finally, the Capitol Pedaler came out and gave us rides on the Big Red Bike which made us all feel like kids again.
Although winter is fast approaching, there are still many more opportunities to tune into your local bike community. Check out the bike fed event page...and you'll be on your way!