This Weekend Fill Up On Bicycles and Local Food

This Saturday and Sunday take full advantage of local food and bicycle culture in the Iowa CIty area.

Like most, some time early in life I started riding a bicycle. When I moved away from home, luckily it was to a community that nurtured my enthusiasm for the sport. Commuting (yes, I consider this it’s own category), leisure, trail, gravel, road, mountain biking – it’s all here. I’ve grown so attached in recent years to a bicycling lifestyle that, besides riding my bike, all I want to do is see other people enjoying life on two wheels too. Often times I find myself overwhelmed with a plethora of bike-related happenings in the area to choose from. Every week there are organized rides and chances to volunteer at the Bike Library. It’s also nice to ride solo. Living in Iowa City we have the ability to be rolling wide-open roads with minimal to no traffic in under ten minutes from nearly anywhere in town. It’s come to a point where if I’m not biking, life just isn’t complete. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. Either way, this weekend is sure to feed my appetite for some delicious bike action. Not to mention my belly.

Saturday the Iowa City Bike Library is hosting an event to celebrate the checkout of 1000 bicycles. Coffee and food will be provided. They invite the community to join them at the Iowa City Bike Library on College St. from 9:30 – noon to acknowledge the accomplishment of 1000 more people on bikes, and help give thanks to those who have made the community bike project possible.


Sunday, right here in Johnson County, Iowa’s first ever Culinary Ride will begin at Earth Source Gardens, 10 am, at the Northeast corner of Rochester and Scott Boulevard. There is no better way to celebrate an abundance of fresh food and some of the best bicycling weather you could ask for. This bicycle tour of local farms honors a commitment to sustainable, healthy living. The Culinary Ride showcases some of the areas best food as each farm is paired with a local chef and/or restaurant. As harvest puts fourth the best, what better way to indulge in it than by bicycle?

If you love good food, you won’t get much more local and fresh than this. Biking out to the farms there’s a 22 mile paved route and 55 mile gravel/paved route. Ride at your own pace, and if you’ve ever considered doing a longer ride (55 miler) out in the country, this might be a good place to start as there will be food for fuel and friends for fun. $30 gets you food & t-shirt and helps benefit JCLFA’s Farm to School initiative. 

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