Northampton Bike Breakfast 2011

Northampton Bike Breakfast was a fabulous success! Despite the rain, cyclists and walkers alike came by the courthouse lawn in downtown to visit with others and enjoy generous breakfast donations from local businesses.

When I arrived at 5:30 a.m., the sky was looking really iffy. All week the rain has been a challenge for organizers of Bike Week events, and this day looked about the same.

Fortunately, we had mostly light sprinkles, and the first of the cyclists came by for breakfast right on time at 7 a.m. I saw many cyclists I knew, or have been passing on the road. I’m very glad I was there.

The organizers, led by Jim Desmond, did a great job in securing food donations and planning the event. I’ve listed the donors below, as well as a letter from Jim about how it went.

There was even music to serenade us civilized bike riding types.

Ruthy Woodring and others from Pedal People even brought in reusable mugs and other items to make  the event generate less waste. They had set up a food-service quality washing station for clean-ups.

City Council President David Narkewicz came to read Mayor Clare Higgins’ Bike Week Proclamation (the Mayor was in Boston).

Jim Desmond’s letter:

Thanks to all who pitched in their time and energy to help make the event come together this morning. We only had a little light rain for maybe 20-30 minutes, and otherwise, it was just cloudy. We registered 60 people, including organizers/volunteers, which is not bad given the weather forecast.

Everyone was in good spirits, enjoying the ABUNDANT tasty comestibles, as well as discussions of rail trail plans, and a celebration of community in the meeting of friends and the making of new acquaintances. David Narkowicz, Council President read the proclamation (mayor couldn’t make it) and Michael Bardsley also stayed and talked with folks for a while.

I also heard very good things about the bike bonanza from Saturday, so that seems to have been a well-appreciated event.

It took many folks doing a variety of tasks to put together an event as successful as that, so well done, all!

Just think how great it will be next year when it’s forecast to be sunny!

-Jim Desmond

These businesses donated items to Northampton Bike Breakfast. Tell them, ‘Thanks!’

Northampton Coffee, Bread Euphoria, Mapleline Farm, River Valley Market, Hungry Ghost Bakery, Hot Mama’s Spreads & Sauces, Serio’s Market, Hickory Dell Farm, State Street Fruit Store, Paul & Elizabeth’s, Pedal People, Haymarket Cafe, Big Y, Stop n’ Shop, Bruegger’s Bagels.

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