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Perelandra is a proud sponsor of Cranksgiving!

Bike Ride, Food Drive

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. It’s part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt. Cranksgiving has been held annually in New York City since 1999. Ever since its beginnings it has been adopted by organizers in numerous cities in one form or another where all types of cyclists participate to have fun while benefiting a local charity.

Cranksgiving started as one of several annual bike messenger “alleycat” races in New York City. Each year it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as a way for messengers and other urban cyclists to socialize, compete, and enjoy themselves while also raising food for local soup kitchens or food pantries in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Even though the roots of Cranksgiving began among hard working messengers, with its spread the event also demonstrates how almost any person can use their bicycle as a means of transportation for typical shopping errands. Riding a bicycle also contributes to a person’s good health through exercise and the resulting reduction of air and noise pollution. A bike also reconnects people to their communities by slowing them down a little and providing exposure to a person’s neighbors and surrounding environment.

Join the Cranksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, November 23rd
Bring a bike, a bag, a lock, and about $15-$20 to buy food. All of the food collected at grocery stores will be benefit City Harvest via the Bowery Mission. Every year, Cranksgiving helps provide hundreds of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving.

Cranksgiving in NYC
Starting Location: Solar One – 23rd St & the East River
Registration: 12:30 pm
Ride Starts: 2:00 pm
Ride Finishes: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Finish Location: “The Pit” on Chrystie St. & Broome St. If you finish after 4:30 and no riders are at the Pit, you can bring your donations to the Bowery Mission: 227 Bowery.

After Party & Awards: 5:00 pm, Fontana’s – 105 Eldridge St., Sponsored by Chrome

AfterAFTER Party: 8:00 pm Red Lantern Bikes – 345 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, NY

Take a look at a video from Cranksgiving ’12. Video by BODA BODA NYC

Get connected to Cranksgiving!

Use hashtag #FeedOurPeople

Happy Cranksgiving everyone!

Categories: Events, Philanthropy