REDBONES ANNUAL BIKE PARTY AND BENEFIT
RIDING THE FAST TRACK TO GOOD TIMES
DOES GOOD TOO
Davis Square, Somerville -- Redbones is gearing up for the 11th year to support bicycle advocacy with its freewheeling Annual Bike Party and Benefit on Monday, May 14 from 5 - 10 pm. The party takes place outside the restaurant at 55 Chester Street, Davis Square. Long time sponsor Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT) joins Redbones as lead co-sponsor this year and will donate a special custom made cargo bike valued at $3,000. The Rain Date is Monday, June 11th. Party information at www.redbones.com.
“Last year we raised $7,000,” says event organizer Chris Bol. “Every year the amount goes up and so does attendance - and there’s room for more so we encourage people to come. It’s a great party whether you’re a cyclist or not!” The $15.00 entry cost is payable at the event and includes bicycle valet parking, a Redbones sandwich (meat or vegetarian) with fixin’s, a soft drink or Harpoon beer, and 2 raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets are 1 for $2.00 and 3 for $5.00. Proceeds will be divided between two bicycle advocacy groups, Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA).
The party, traditionally held the Monday of National Bike to Work Week, brings out hundreds of cyclists to welcome the local biking season, to support MassBike and NEMBA, and to win what the generous sponsors have donated to the raffle! ANT’s cargo bike is always the highlight of the raffle. This year, ANT owner Mike Flanigan describes the cargo bike as designed for the city and equipped with a large frame-mounted wood basket up front, a 3 speed internal gear hub with belt drive, a dual leg kick stand, leather saddle, bell, full lights and fenders.
Other sponsors include Ace & Belmont Wheelworks, Bikes Not Bombs, Bike Culture Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, Ciclismo Classico, Earth, Wind & Rider, Harpoon Brewery, Kryptonite Locks, Landry’s Bicycles, Paramount Bicycle Repair, Rubel BikeMaps, Ski Market, Seven Cycles, Team Luna Chicks, Urban Adventours, and Zip Car. The raffle drawing starts at 7:30 and winners must be present to collect their prizes.
Live music by The 2nd Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band (The SAPS): we aim to please if the cause is true and the time is right.
Redbones first Bike Party was conceived in tandem with the free Bicycle Valet parking, introduced in 1996, for all riders coming to Davis Square regardless of their destination. Robert Gregory, co-owner of Redbones and a mountain biker, initiated the parking for the many cyclists who ride to the restaurant yet 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. In addition to being welcomed by Redbones patrons, both the bike parking and delivery have been heralded as innovative green initiatives by environmentalists and area residents who appreciate fewer cars driving to Davis Square.
Redbones is open daily serving traditional real pit barbecue for lunch, dinner and late night dining. Sunday brunch served from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. Catering, take out and delivery available. Information at www.redbones.com and 617.628.2200.