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Bike to Dinner with Revolutions Bicycle Co-op

Photo: Bailey Clark

This year’s Bike to Dinner by Revolutions Bicycle Co-op features a new twist as the owners or managers of each featured restaurant will join the ride and explain the story behind their eateries.

Revolutions entrance

Photo: Bailey Clark

Each ride will raise money for the Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors, an after-school program that donates bicycles and supplies to elementary school children and teaches them how to ride, along with bike safety and maintenance.

  • Where: Riders meet at Revolutions on 1000 S. Cooper St. at 6:30pm
    • June 8: Central BBQ downtown with owner Craig Blondis and family
    • June 22: Rock ‘n’ Dough Pizza Co. on Highland with TBD
    • July 6: Huey’s downtown with manager Dax Nichols
    • July 20: Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos with owner Manuel Rivera
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation for general public. Free for Revolutions members.

Helmets are required for all riders, along with lights and locks.  Rides may be postponed if it rains.

Don’t have a bicycle but still want to join?  Revolutions will rent bikes the night of each ride for $5 plus tax.

“Our thinking was twofold: At Revolutions we like to help people see that you can use bicycles to do things like run errands, and we thought going to dinner would be a good destination,” said Sylvia Crum, Executive Director.  “We also try to use [Bike to Dinner] to encourage the restaurants to put in bike racks.”

Revolutions Doug

Photo: Bailey Clark

Crum said she uses the rides to demonstrate good routes to take through the neighborhood to show the city can be easily accessed on bike while avoiding major roads.

Revolutions, located in the basement of First Congregational Church, consists of four rooms filled with bikes.  Each room serves a different purpose: children’s bikes, bikes to be repaired, rentals, and a workshop.  Their shop also recycles bicycles, and teaches people to build and fix their own bikes.

The co-op works with the community to build bicycle awareness by encouraging people to use their bikes for reasons besides recreation.

“It started out as a community outreach program, a way to get people riding — which is a good thing,” revolutions mechanic Doug DuBose said.  “More bikes, less cars.  There’s, in my opinion, an overabundance of cars on the street.”

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Learn more about biking in Memphis here.