Ed. note: The Bike Party was originally scheduled to take place June 4, but due to rain it was postponed. The block party will take place outside the restaurant, and there will be food, music and prizes. Below is information about the party, sent by Redbones:
Time: 5 - 9 pm, prize drawing @ 7:30 pm
Place: Redbones, 55 Chester Street, Somerville
Information at: 617.628.2200 & www.redbones.com
Tickets: $15.00 includes bicycle valet parking, a Redbones sandwich, soft drink or beer & a ticket for the prize drawing. All tickets purchased on site.
No advance sales.
Additional tickets for prize drawing: 1 for $2.00 & 3 for $5.00
Proceeds from entry & prize drawing ticket sales go to:
MassBike - www.massbike.org & NEMBA - www.nemba.org
Sponsors & Prizes:
The Grand Prize, a custom made cargo bike, is being donated by returning lead sponsor, Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT). Many additional sponsors donate awesome prizes for the drawing including amazing bikes, gear & lots of swag.
List of sponsors @ www.redbones.com/bikeparty.html
Entertainment: Live music by The SLAPS - 2nd Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band: we aim to please if the cause is true and the time is right.
Bike Party Description:
A long time leader in the local bike community, Redbones is the undisputed hub the night of the annual bike party. Hundreds ride, walk, drive and take the T to celebrate cycling and support two bicycle advocacy groups - MassBike and NEMBA - at a block party outside, in front of the restaurant. The night includes food, drink, live music & an amazing opportunity to win prizes.
Originally held during Bike Week in May, the party moved to June three years ago to benefit from warmer weather, additional daylight, and more cyclists on the road for the season.
The June date has proved to be a popular choice, attracting more people and proceeds every year - each of the last two, over $11,000 was divided between MassBike and NEMBA.
Bike Party Background:
Redbones first Bike Party was conceived in tandem with Redbones free Bicycle Valet parking introduced in 1996. Robert Gregory, co-owner of Redbones and a mountain biker, initiated the valet parking for the cyclists who ride to the restaurant, as well as other destinations in Davis Square. Many riders are hesitant to leave their bikes, including some very pricey models, unattended on the street.
Success of the parking lead to the Redbones Rib Rider, a custom designed cargo bike from ANT, used for free dinner delivery in neighborhoods surrounding the restaurant. Fifteen years later, the party is eagerly anticipated by attendees and sponsors alike.
About NEMBA & MassBike
NEMBA - a non profit with a mission ‘to promote mountain biking, build and care for public trails, and protect open space’. www.nemba.org
MassBike - a non profit with a mission ‘to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.’