Boise is a great place to be a bicyclist: Bike-friendly laws, beautiful Foothills trails and miles of Greenbelt combine to make bicycling one of the most enjoyable activities in town. To celebrate the bicycle’s badassitude, Boise Bicycle Project has joined forces with Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery for Boise Bike Night on Friday, Sept. 23.
Boise Bike Night is a benefit to help Boise Bicycle Project buy the building it currently rents, which will allow the cooperative to continue repairing and donating bicycle to the community. It’s a fun way to lend BBP your pedal power and help it reach its goals while you score some delicious eats and enjoy what Boise Bicycle Project cofounder Jimmy Hallyburton described as a “big block party.”
Beginning at 6 p.m., bicyclists of all ages will meet at Boise Bicycle Project at 1027 Lusk St. to form a two-wheeled procession to Salt Tears at 4714 W. State St. Anyone who can’t make the group ride in time can bike directly to Salt Tears and join the party at 7 p.m. Salt Tears chef Andrea Maricich will provide special street food items, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
At Salt Tears, you can watch Boise Bike Polo get their game on with mallets and some serious steel while you listen to Boise Rock School students perform live jams. Kids and their parents can take bicycle safety classes offered by Safe Routes to School, which teaches kids the rules of the road.
Don’t have a bike, or looking for a new ride? Buy a $5 raffle ticket and enter to win a beautiful new bike from the mechanical masterminds at Boise Bicycle Project.
“For $5, someone could be walking away with a bike worth $1,000,” said Hallyburton, adding that the bicycle—which has a custom paint job and basket—is designed to be comfortable. “[It’s] something that can roll around the streets for decades.”