August 7th, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
*The 816 Bicycle Collective Makes Plans To Move To A Drier Location*
Kansas City, Missouri – Last winter electrical damage from a constant leaking roof left the 816 Bicycle Collective without electricity for nearly 3 months. Despite this setback, and the freezing temperatures, volunteers setup shop outside, (sometimes in the snow,) to help all-weather bicycle commuters with repairs. The power is on now, it’s 80 degrees hotter, and with community support 816 is preparing the first steps of relocating to a new building, (with a better roof.)
The 816 Bicycle Collective is a recycle a bicycle project that has been helping people in the greater Kansas City area earn bicycles and learn about mechanics for the past 3 years. The organization relies completely on donations and community support.
*To help raise funds for a new, drier space, the collective is throwing a party themed BIKES ARE HOT at Californos in Westport located at 4124 Pennsylvania, Sunday, August 22nd at 7PM. Entertainment includes – DJ Madeline, live performances from Andean Express - an Andean folk music group, bike races sponsored by KC Cold Sprints, artwork and bicycle frames/parts for silent auction, games and more!*
We invite you to be a part of our project!
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We are also currently in need/accepting the following donations -
*All are tax deductable under The Greater Kansas City Bicycle Federation*
*-Items to raffle – gift certificates, coupons, art, or other merchandise*
-Metric box wrenches and Allen keys, or any specialty bike tools
-Bike cables, housing, chain lube, grease and degreaser
-Helmets and bike locks (cables, chains, u-locks)
-Front and rear bike lights
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Greater Kansas City Bicycle Federation
4119 Campbell Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-807-7276 email@example.com Kansas City Bicyclists Hit the Streets to stock Food Bank Shelves in the Fifth CranksgivingWho:Bicyclists from around Kansas City
Where: Anita Gorman Discovery Center,4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO
When: November 21, 2010 12:30 pm
What:Bicycle Alleycat Race to support St. Peter’s Food Pantry
Cranksgiving Alleycat Race
November 21, 2010 12:30 pm
On Kansas City, Missouri November 21, 2010 - For the fifth year in a row, bicyclists in Kansas City will ride an Alleycat race through the city, starting at the Anita Gorman Discovery Center at 48th and Troost stopping at grocery stores to pick up one or two items and rolling on to another, visiting up to 10 stores before finishing at St. Peter's Legacy Center at 6415 Holmes Road. Groceries will be donated to St. Peter’s Food Bank. Cranksgiving, first organized in New York City in 1999 ,by Antonio Rodrigues and continues to be run there. After Rodrigues moved to York, PA, the event spread to there as well as to Des Moines,IA, St. Louis and other cities throughout the country.
The first Cranksgiving in Kansas City was started by local photographer and cyclist Michael Forrester, with Grant Redwine and Jason Wingate. The race brought together riders from the various communities within Kansas City area cycling. The following year, the Greater Kansas City Bicycle Federation and 816 Bicycle Collective began organizing Cranksgiving.
In 2009, riders filled the stage at the Brick with food donations. “In the first event,” says director Jeff Perry, “we gathered foods for a Thanksgiving dinner. It seems that hunger has become a larger problem, so now I ask the riders to gather staples like peanut butter, soup and cereal. Another item that the food banks have asked for in the past is soap and other personal care products, because people can’t use their food stamps for those.”Alleycat races started as a competition between bicycle messengers and involve a number of check points, much like a typical work day in a messengers life. At Cranksgiving, riders are given a manifest that has a list of grocery stores and items to purchase. Riders will start riding at 1PM and finish at St. Peter’s at 3PM. Methods of carrying groceries vary from messenger bags and backpacks to baskets, panniers and even cargo trailers.
Riders pay no entry fee and register the day of the event, receiving a spoke card and manifest.
For additional information
Contact Jeff Perry, cell 816-807-7276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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