Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised over $54,000, up 54 percent from last year, for Washington, D.C. bicycling nonprofits last Saturday, May 31. About 7,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Yards Park for the event.
Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. The beneficiaries this year, which are all focused on making the D.C. are a better place to ride, are Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) (http://www.waba.org), Black Women Bike DC (http://blackwomenbikedc.tumblr.com), Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (http://www.fabb-bikes.org), Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) (http://www.more-mtb.org) and Phoenix Bikes (http://www.phoenixbikes.org).
"Tour de Fat was, once again, a great time to celebrate bicycling in DC,” said Shane Farthing, Executive Director of WABA. “We're pleased that the event continues to grow, and we're especially excited that the funds raised will allow us to expand our advocacy and our youth and adult outreach programs this year. This event helps us reach people who might not otherwise know about WABA's efforts, and helps us fund those efforts."
A highlight of every Tour de Fat stop is the car-for-bike swap where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. Kristin Jayd is this year’s swapper from Washington, D.C.
"I'm so excited to be chosen as the inaugural Car to Bike Trader at this year's Tour de Fat,” said Jayd. “I have fantasized about living car-free for a while now, and this is perfect timing! I'm so ready to make it happen.”
Details from the event:
Saturday, May 31
7,000 bike-riding philanthropists (2,500 more attendees than last year); 750 bike parade participants
$54,000 (up $19,000 from 2013)
Waste Diversion Rate:
Visit http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat for more information on Tour de Fat's 10-city adventure