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By Alex Demko-McDonough

Bicycle Coalition

Image courtesy of Cranksgiving Philadelphia

On Saturday, November 16th, the Annual Cranksgiving Ride charity event will return to Philadelphia for its ninth consecutive year. Starting at Penn Treaty Park and wrapping up at the venerable Tattooed Mom, the 9th Annual Cranksgiving Ride will see riders travel from store to store purchasing food, and racking up points.This event is free to register and you can choose your own pace. If you aren’t in a racing mood, feel free to leisurely bike your way to the finish line. Working with Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization that serves over 90,000 in the region each week, riders will be collecting enough food to provide a Thanksgiving meal for those who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. 

Free registration begins at 11:00 AM, with riders starting their journeys at noon. Upon reaching Tattooed Mom, riders can expect a warm reception with a small Awards and Thank You ceremony starting at 4:30 PM. Riders are asked to bring the following; a bicycle, bike helmet, a bike lock, a way to carry groceries, money to purchase groceries, and of course, a charitable attitude. This event has been an incredible success story having raised close to 15,000 pounds of food and over $10,000 in monetary donations directly benefiting Philabundance’s relief efforts.

If you aren’t in Philadelphia, don’t worry! Berks, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties will be hosting just a few of the many Cranksgiving events in Pennsylvania this year, giving those outside the city the chance to pitch in to combat hunger. 

Visit the official Cranksgiving website for more information on the local and nationwide Cranksgiving events.

Check out the Official Cranksgiving Philadelphia Facebook page for more information.

Ashley Vogel

Author

After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ashley moved to Philadelphia to work in nonprofit development and communications as a Philly Fellow. She was introduced to the Bicycle Coalition’s work in her first week of the fellowship through an Urban Riding Basics class. She did not take up bicycling in the city until getting involved with the Women Bike PHL community, which catalyzed her to shed her fear of riding in traffic and get on a bike. Ashley’s bike has served as a powerful tool, and she is excited to share the healing and empowering nature of bicycling with others. You can find Ashley riding her blue Breezer to the Headhouse farmer’s market, or her Fuji Sportif when she’s road racing as an alum of the Women Bike PHL Racing Development program.

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