Dinner + Bikes
We attended an event last Tuesday that featured vegan food, a documentary on the relationship between the police force and cyclists during the rise of cycling in Portland, and a spread of zines and books on bikes, vegan food, and DIY. The group putting on the event is still touring, and you can learn more about it at dinnerandbikes.com.
We won the poster, Lunch Room gift certificate, and Anarchist Bicycle Rally in a raffle. The zine contains the disturbing and comical police reports on the group Critical Mass—an informal collection of cyclists who came together to ride on the streets of Portland and make a space for themselves. Annoyed that the group was riding in car traffic and being subversive in numbers alone, the police began to issue the group hefty traffic citations during rides and to make arrests prior to manufacturing charges. The situation was reminiscent to attitudes about ELF and ALF… except the members of Critical Mass were literally just riding a couple miles together on the street—helping to make Portland’s current bike culture a reality.
In addition to our winnings, we bought some stickers, a patch, bike wallets/fanny packs, Women on Wheels, The Chainbreaker, Everyday Bicycling (which tells you how to carry different things [like cupcakes!] via bike), make your place (DIY home recipes and tips), and Wild Fermentation (so we can learn how to make tempeh, pickled vegetables, and other gut-friendly foods). We also picked up a couple zines: BikeSexuality and Bikes in Space: a feminist science fiction anthology. They offered much, much more and it was difficult to attempt to narrow down our choices. You can check out some of their offerings at takingthelane.com and microcosmpublishing.com.
May is Bike Month. Both of us bike or bus to work (barring occasions of extremely adverse weather or a flat tire), journeying 3.6 miles and 11 miles round trip. Carpooling, busing, biking, and walking are all better for the environment (and often the enjoyability of your commute) than driving alone, and the spring/summer is a great time to test out commuting differently. We like biking to work because it’s less expensive than driving and a good chance to stretch our legs before eight hours at a desk job.
You can also consider not driving to run errands or visit friends. It takes a little bit more effort and planning than a car; however, as vegans, we’re used to life being less convenient, but well worth the sacrifice.