November 22, 2020
The Illiterate Cyclist
33423 Ford Rd, USA 48135
The Illiterate Cyclist's Cranksgiving: Like Robocop 3, but we're working towards helping Detroit, and not making a bad movie out of it?
All aboard for another Detroit Cranksgiving. Mountain bikers, roadies, bmxers, cycling families, or anyone that just wants to hop on a bike and help us gather food to help those less fortunate in the trying part of the year are welcome. This is not a race, per se, but a scavenger hunt by bike to collect food and supplies that food banks, pantries, and homeless shelters are in dire need of to help those struggling with those basic necessities in life. And, with the current state of the World, and some communities struck worse across the nation than others, this kind of community help is what's needed most.
When: Sunday November 22nd-10:30 AM Riders Set-Off (Please arrive by 10 AM)
Where: The Illiterate Cyclist (33423 Ford Rd, Garden City, MI 48135...Yeah, We're A Bike Shop Now!)
What: Bring a functional bike, warm clothes, a bike lock, some kind of portaging device (backpack, panniers, etc), and $15-25 for groceries. Lights and a Helmet are always recommended, and super fun costumes are highly encouraged, but not freezing is better (personal note).
How: Riders will be given a multi-choice list of food bank necessities, and will set-off to collect goods by bike at 5-6 food emporiums of their choosing in the Westland/Garden City/Livonia/Dearborn area. All riders should be back by 12:30 PM with their Cranksgatherings. Scope out grocery stores, markets, bodegas, and discount food stores now, if you're not local...but we have tons of close by options. And, our streets around here are pretty bike functional.
Benefactor: Cranksgatherings will be tallied up as best possible and will be donated to Gleaner's Food Bank of SE Michigan, a nation-wide food bank that distributes food to varying programs for those in need and also works as a supply network for various homeless shelters and food pantries across the nation. Items will be dropped off the week of Thanksgiving. 430lbs last year from 8 riders.
Prize: This is a 20 Year strong event that has been growing nationally to help our communities, and makes peoples lives brighter, and benefits thousands of people and families. OK, technically I will likely have some end of event swag giveaways, and likely food and drink, as is my normal thing to do. I'm attached to a drink emporium, because Garden City.
"What will it be like when I get old? Will I still hop on my bike, and ride around town? Will I still want to be someone, and not just who I know?" - Descendents.