Some 4,500 bicycle and beer enthusiasts descended on Yards Park last Saturday for New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement — Tour de Fat.
Though free to attend, proceeds from beverage, merchandise sales and donations raised approximately $35,000 for DC bicycling nonprofits… all focused on making the city a better place to ride. (These include the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) and Phoenix Bikes.)
“The proceeds from this year’s event will allow us to continue to fund our core advocacy work to push for better bicycling conditions in the Washington area,” said Director of WABA Shane Farthing. “It will also allow us to extend our outreach efforts, including our East of the Anacostia Bikes and Women & Bicycles programs and build our Spanish language outreach capacity.”
In addition to the beer and bike racing, one highlight of every Tour de Fat city stop is car-for-bike swap — where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. DC’s swapper, Kevin Hays,signed on to ride (and be green) for 2013!