11th Annual Cranksgiving Food Drive and Bicycle Ride

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!

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lowlowresCranksgiving10th Annual Family Friendly Bicycle Ride & Food Drive

In 2014 cyclist brought in over 11,000 food items for Food Outreach all brought in by over 825 cyclists. We hope to once again smash this number in 2015 with your help.

We hope that you can join us on November 8th, for more details please visit the Cranksgiving page.


Each year at this time St. Louis BWorks partners with local businesses and hosts a family friendly bicycle ride.  There are short, medium and long routes through the Maplewood and surrounding area that pass by participating grocery stores.  Riders are asked to purchase at least $25 worth of non-perishable food items which are donated locally to Food Outreach.

Cranksgiving is an event that occurs in many cities and towns across the country all of which support a local food pantry or food bank.

The St. Louis annual ride has been the best attended and garnered the largest amount of food items for the last 5 years through the support of the St. Louis bicycling community.  Each year the 800 or so riders vary from brand new and occasional riders, family group riders, enthusiasts and semi and pro riders.  All levels of skill and equipment can be seen and enjoyed.

This is a time when the St. Louis community becomes a family with a single purpose – ride their bikes, enjoy the friendship of others, and help those in need.

If you have participated in the past you know what a great event it is, invite a friend or family member to come along.  If this will be your first time – we promise that it will be fun and memorable.

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More information to come as November 8th approaches.

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2015 Green Home Festival – Saturday, June 20 at the Butterfly House

2015ghlogo_wdateHelp your family live green! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

Explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment. Talk with green product and service exhibitors, learning more about home improvement and healthy homes.

The Festival features and highlights local foods and spirits, live music and sustainable and handmade shopping at a Green Marketplace. Children and families can enjoy hands-on activities. Presentations and demonstrations throughout the day share the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.

For more information visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website.

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Cranksgiving Family Food Drive and Ride – Starts at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 9 – Start/End at Schlafly Bottleworks




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BWorks Family Friendly Rides

St. Louis BWorks offers a series of family friendly rides highlighting different historic areas of St. Louis.  Each ride will start at 9:30 AM.  For the start locations, see individual ride descriptions.

May 31st • Historic Carondelet 

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet at Belle Rive Park, 5570 South Broadway

Founded in 1767, the town of Carondelet, now one of St. Louis’ most historic neighborhoods, has a remarkable collection of stone houses built in the mid-19th century. Our 8 mile ride will visit these unique structures and other historic buildings in this “city within a city.”

June 21st • Calvary Cemetery

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet just inside the cemetery gates, 5239 West Florissant (near the intersection of Union and West Florissant)

Visit the graves of some of the most prominent and legendary individuals in the history of both our city and our country, including those of priests, bishops, a slave, a playwright, the first St. Louisan, and the man who saved the Union.

July 12th • Central West End / West End Literary Tour

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet in the parking lot of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 4183 Lindell Blvd.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, St. Louis’ Central West End and West End were home to a surprisingly large number of writers who became part of the American literary tradition.  This ride includes stops at the former homes of several renowned authors and short readings from their work on a route through architecturally fascinating neighborhoods.

August 2nd • Automobile Row/Locust Street

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet at the intersection of Locust and Theresa, one block north of Olive and east of Grand

Locust Street is now a favored route for bicyclists riding to the Central Business District from points west. But many of its blocks once were part of the first commercial neighborhood in St. Louis devoted primarily to selling and servicing the automobile. This tour visits several of the buildings from “Automobile Row” as well as other sites  of historic importance, including both the sole survivor of St. Louis’ first “private place” and perhaps the most overlooked literary landmark in the entire country.

August 30th • Old North St. Louis

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet at Crown Candy Kitchen, 14th & St. Louis Avenue

Known for years almost exclusively as the “Crown Candy Kitchen neighborhood,” Old North St. Louis has experienced a remarkable renaissance in the past decade. This tour begins and ends at Crown but explores the entirety of a neighborhood that began its existence as an independent city with an unusual and  visionary urban plan.

Sept 13th • Lafayette Square and Soulard

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet at the Lafayette Square Park Office and former Police Station, near the southeast corner of the Park at the intersection of Lafayette & Mississippi

Explore the first municipal park west of the Mississippi, the oldest extant “private place” in St. Louis, and BikeWorks’ neighbors in this tour of two of the most historic neighborhoods in the entire Midwest.

Oct 18th • Bellefontaine Cemetery

Ride starts at 9:30 AM.  Meet just inside the cemetery gates, 4947 West Florissant (near the intersection of W. Florissant and N. Kingshighway)

Visit some of the most important “ghosts” from the City’s past and learn about their role in the history of both our city and our country on this tour of the first “rural cemetery” west of the Mississippi.