Saturday, September 3, 2011

Vegan Dining & Discussing The Economics Of The Bicycle

(Bikenomics in action, comparing a bike corral I photographed in PDX with a metered car space)

Next Saturday September 10th, Santa Monica Spoke will be playing host to a awesome dinner & bikes touring event put together by Portland based blogger and columnist Elly Blue, Joe Biel, founder of Microcosm Publishing in Portland, & Joshua Ploeg, a traveling vegan chef. They are making their way all over the place booking dates in cities and small towns mostly along the pacific coast, but a few places further out in the Midwest as well.

For those not familiar with Elly Blue, she recently wrote a popular series for Grist on Bikenomics, exploring the cross section of bicycling and economics. It's a great series, and a timely topic, one which I think needs a lot more attention and I think is an important angle to explore in bicycle advocacy. She will be talking about the bicycle economy accompanied by photography.

Joe Biel will be showing short film clips on bicycle culture and advocacy, which will include excerpts from Aftermass, his upcoming documentary about bicycle activism in Portland post critical mass.

I'm not exactly sure what the menu for evening will be, but it promises to be delicious and vegan, and Cynthia Rose of Spoke will be contributing a batch of her delicious vegan cupcakes into the mix. Best of all the event will be free courtesy of funding generously provided by Lucy Dyke, the Transportation Planning Manager for the city of Santa Monica who has overseen development of the Bike Action Plan and other bicycling programs in the city, as well as contributions from the steering committee of Santa Monica Spoke (which includes myself).

You can RSVP to the event via the Facebook invite page, or e-mail your name to and include Dinner & Bikes in the subject.

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