Elly Blue featured at Dinner & Bikes at Robinson Theater

05/20/2014 5:13 PM by

Bike Walk RVA and members of the Richmond bicycling community are thrilled to present Dinner & Bikes, an evening with Elly Blue (author of Bikenomics) and her team of filmmakers and chefs on Monday, June 16, from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at the Robinson Theater.

“We are very excited that Elly will be coming to Richmond for the first time this June,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Bike Walk RVA for the Sports Backers.

Attendees of Dinner & Bikes will enjoy a gourmet healthy buffet while participating in an interactive presentation about how to effectively make a compelling case for bicycling, equity, and transportation activism. The tour is traveling with a food- and bicycle-themed pop-up bookstore. Authors will be available to chat and sign books after the event.

Tickets ($10) can be purchased in advance here:

The $10 entry fee includes dinner, and seating is limited to the first 75 people who purchase tickets. The event is expected to sell out, so people are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

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“Her book, Bikenomics, is a very insightful and well-researched look at the real transportation costs of families and individuals, and how investing in bicycling can help people, businesses, organizations, and cities thrive economically.”

City Council and the Mayor’s office have introduced amendments to the City’s budget that include $4.5 million to build new bike lanes on Richmond’s streets and bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure along the riverfront, pending approval next week by City Council. The City is also finalizing its first Bicycle Master Plan, which plots out a full network of lanes and paved trails to be built in the coming years.

“Momentum is building in Richmond,” Hepp-Buchanan explained. “Building bike infrastructure is one clear way cities are making progress on issues of economic opportunity, competitiveness, and neighborhood revitalization. Elly’s research in Bikenomics showcases how this can work for Richmond.”

The annual Dinner and Bikes Tour, a multimedia roadshow of food and bicycle enthusiasm, will be putting on events in 28 cities in twelve states from Portland to Miami. June 16 will be the first time the Dinner & Bikes tour has come to Richmond. The tour is a call to action for communities around the country to take the lead in growing the national bicycle movement.

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Photo by Gary Kavanagh

Photo by Gary Kavanagh

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About the Dinner & Bikes team:

  • Joshua Ploeg is a traveling vegan chef. When not touring the world, he is a personal chef and delighter of secret cafe goers in Los Angeles.
  • Joe Biel is the author of brand new book Beyond the Music. Joe founded Microcosm Publishing 18 years ago and has been publishing empowering and practical nonfiction books ever since. In his “spare time” he makes documentaries. On this tour, he’ll be showing Aftermass, a feature documentary about bicycle activism in Portland in some cities, and a selection of short documentaries about bike activism in other cities.
  • Elly Blue is the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy (Microcosm, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Bicycling, Grist, BikePortland, the Guardian, and her own blog.

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