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  • Wed October 15 2008
  • Posted Oct 15, 2008
Austin, TX Ready to give up your car and commit to bike commuting? New Belgium Brewing wants you! [BIKEIOWAnote... We need one of these in Iowa in the next couple of years!] The beer maker, which hosts Tour de Fat, a celebration of all things bicycle, hits Fiesta Gardens in Austin on Oct. 18. It’s looking for someone to sign over their car title in exchange for a hand-built New Belgium commuter bike. (I nominate fellow Statesman blogger Jason Whaley!) A funeral procession will be held for the winning car. To apply, go to http://www.followyourfolly.com/pdf/biketrade.pdf. Besides the bike funeral, Tour de Fat will include a costumed bike parade, rideable art bikes, a slow-down or throw down competition, live music and pancake juggling. For a complete lineup, go to http://www.tour-de-fat.com/city/austin. Tour de Fat is free, but beer and merchandise proceeds benefit Yellow Bike Project, a non-profit organization that promotes human-powered transportation, runs a community bike shop and educates the community; Austin Cycling Association, which organizes bicycle rides almost every weekend; and Austin Ridge Riders, a non-profit that promotes safe and environmentally conscientious off-road bicycling. Non-cyclists are welcome, too.

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