Cranksgiving is a charity bike ride that began in 1999, organized by New York City bike messengers. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and then donated to a soup kitchen at the end of the ride. All kinds of cyclists are welcome! There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. The event benefits 5 charities including City Harvest, The New York Bike Messenger Foundation, Nazareth Housing, Yorkville Common Pantry, and St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. Like traditional alleycats, Cranksgiving tests your skills and speed navigating city traffic. But it also tests the sharpness of your wits as you navigate the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food items. Once you've found them and made your way through the checkout lines and finished the ride, all of your food will be donated to a local homeless shelter.
Cranksgiving is a charity ride, and anyone can participate. It's been happening for over 10 years in New York City, and has spread to cities across the country and across the ocean.
For more info go to the cranksgiving website!