11 years ago, BWorks volunteers wanted to host one last event of the year to give back to the St. Louis community that supports our work with area youth all summer long. A canned food drive seemed like a good idea given the time of year near Thanksgiving. Each year the event has steadily grown and in 2015 more than 900 participants collected over 13,000 food items riding from grocery store to grocery store, purchasing food items to be donated.
Registration is free and even easier now! Sign up online here and you won’t need to stand in line at the event!Click Here to Register.
We hope that you will join us!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
1. A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
Check out past event photos to get a feel for the event here
2. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO CRANKSGIVING?
Individuals who want to participate in the bike portion of Cranksgiving need to bring a bicycle, helmet, and lock. Most people do the ride as small or large groups, one person often watches the other person’s bikes at the grocery store. Unless you have a group plan, please do not rely on others to watch your bicycle – a lock is advised.
A backpack, rack, or trailer is recommended if you wish to carry the food items you purchase. Otherwise, look for “Food SAG” vehicles to leave purchased items. Helmets are NOT optional!
3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
Cranksgiving is a free event, however, riders are asked to bring $20 with which to purchase food items to be donated to Food Outreach. This is a food drive after all!
Food items most needed by Food Outreach are the following canned, nonperishable items:
Tuna fish, salmon, turkey, chicken, corn, green beans, and fruit in juice. Please avoid purchasing items that have limited nutritional value like snacks and condiments. Food Outreach’s mission is not only to provide food to folks in need but provide nutritional education to their healing clients. If you’d like to give treats, please stick to granola bars or hot cocoa mixes.
4. WHEN DOES THE RIDE BEGIN?
There will be staggered start times based on the mileage chosen. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for route info and start times. Our longest route, the 25-mile option, starts first with the 5-mile route leaving last. If you’re late to the start, you can still ride! Just make sure to check in at registration to complete a release form.
Long Route (25 miles) 9:30 AM
Medium (10 miles) and Short (5 miles) 10:15 AM
5. WHERE DOES THE RIDE GO?
Each year we try to vary the route, we try to use low-volume streets that are easy and enjoyable. Streets are NOT closed to traffic and you are expected to follow all laws of the road.
Maps and links to download maps will be released the week before the event on our social media page. Paper copies of the maps will be available at the event the morning of.
6. HOW DO WE GET TO THE START? WHERE DO WE PARK?
The ride will start and end at St. Louis’ iconic City Museum, located at 750 N. 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.
As a bicycle powered event, we encourage folks to ride to the start if possible! If you are driving, street parking is readily available and free on Sundays. Limited parking will be available in a handful of lots surrounding the City Museum. Please look for signs.
There will be no parking in the museum’s lot, as that space is needed for food collection, bikes, and residents.
For those riding in: Racks will be set up for hanging bikes in the lot.
7. DO I HAVE TO CARRY ALL OF THE THINGS I BUY?
There will be grocery stores on each route that have food SAG trucks that will carry items purchased from the store back to the start / finish for you. We will not keep track of who purchases what, we will only be collecting on the spot. Riders may choose to carry all of the items they purchase back to the start/finish if they wish.
8. HOW FAR DO WE RIDE? HOW DO I KNOW WHERE TO GO?
BWorks has planned routes starting at 5 miles and going all the way up to 25 miles. Please choose the route that is most appropriate for your skill, fitness, and experience level. Maps will be provided at registration to help you along the way. All routes will have markings intermittently on the road to help guide you. For those of you using GPS, we will release the routes the night prior with links to download via our Facebook page.
BWorks, nor its sponsors/affiliates, will be providing rider SAG. Participants are responsible for getting themselves back to their vehicles, homes, or the finish.
9. WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A FLAT TIRE OR HAVE AN ISSUE WITH MY BIKE?
The Alpine Shop is generously providing mechanical SAG (support and gear) for the ride. If you have a mechanical issue on the road, they can assist you. On the day of the event, phone numbers for mechanics will be included on the map and on our facebook page. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911. Please remember to air up tires and do a safety check before you arrive.
10. WHERE DOES THE FOOD I PURCHASE GO?
The food items purchased at Cranksgiving are all donated directly to Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutrition support for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS or undergoing cancer treatment.
We encourage you to visit their website to find out more about what they do and to stop by their information table on the morning of the ride to talk with staff members about their impact.
11. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE RIDE IS OVER?
After the ride has ended, we encourage you to stay and play while the food pile grows! Discounted admission to City Museum will be offered to those who participate in Cranksgiving and wristbands are valid all day!
There will also be food and beverages for sale both in the parking lot (provided by Bailey’s Restaurants) and inside the City Museum.
12. I WANT A T-SHIRT
Thanks to the fabulous Dan Zettwoch for the amazing 2016 artwork!!!
We will be posting a link soon to order shirts here and on our Facebook event page. Please follow along and be patient.
13. WHAT IF I CAN’T PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE, BUT WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?
If you are unable to join the ride but would like to contribute you can donate food items, make a monetary donation, or lend your time by volunteering at the event. Here are details about the three ways you can help.
Monetary donations can be dropped off the day of the event or by going online to Crowdrise.com.
If you’d like to volunteer, send us an email at Info@BWorks.org