By srab525
June 13, 2010
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Time for Tweed! Friday, June 25

The next Flagstaff Tweed Ride is scheduled for Friday, June 25 and will benefit Habitat for Humanity Flagstaff’s latest home building phase. The group ride for well-dressed ladies and gentlemen will depart Altitudes Bar and Grill at 5:30 following a social hour and registration.

Following the Flagstaff Tweed motto “Wear your finest, ride your best”, participants can expect a leisurely ride on paved streets and easy urban trails, a stop at Charlie’s Pub and Grill, and conclude at The Green Room for drinks, a live auction and a raffle. New Belgium Brewing Company and Cruz Tequila have signed on as partners for the first time event. Satchmo’s will offer extended hours for barbeque-starved riders. Revolution Bicycles and AZ Bikes have donated bicycles for auction, and a growing list of local merchants including Absolute Bikes, Late for the Train, The Seasoned Kitchen, Cosmic Cycles, Zani, Biff’s Bagels and Oregano’s are providing items for the raffle. Local artist David McKee created a commemorative poster for the ride, which will be for sale at the Green Room following the ride.

Francis Mazza, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Flagstaff, is pleased but not surprised at the readiness of local business owners to contribute to affordable housing efforts. “Flagstaff merchants really value Habitat’s mission and are eager to lend a hand to a good cause.” All event proceeds will support home construction. Habitat for Humanity Flagstaff is reviewing applications for family selection and hopes to soon have at least one family identified for partnership. Among other program requirements, selected families are expected to commit sweat equity (usually about 500 hours) toward the home construction and actively participate in fundraising for their home.

The Flagstaff Habitat Board decided to organize a Tweed Ride fundraiser because of the growing interest in bicycling as a legitimate mode of transport and affordable living. Car ownership and maintenance cost the average household up to $8000 annually and can be a significant barrier to homeownership, especially in higher cost of living cities like Flagstaff. Avid bike commuters across the United States began organizing local Tweed rides last year for fun and to promote an affordable transportation option.

Over 45 riders attended the May 17 Tweed Ride, organized as a new event for Bike to Work Week. The first Tweed Ride took place in London in 2009 and soon crossed the Atlantic. Participants typically arrive dressed in traditional British or vintage bicycle riding attire. In the spirit of the past era, riders of both genders routinely show up sporting handlebar mustaches.

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