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Get in Gear With Cycling at Redbones Annual Bike Party

Redbones introduces the Rib Rider - Home Delivery on a Custom Cargo Bike

Party Benefits MassBike and NEMBA

Contact: Anne A. Cushman (617) 497-2127 aac2@attbi.com

DAVIS SQUARE, SOMERVILLE, MA - Several hundred cyclists - commuters, recreational riders, couriers, and environmentalists among them - gather every spring for Redbones Annual Benefit Bike Party, the unofficial kick off of the local bike riding season. Held in tandem with National Bike to Work Week (May 13 - 17), this year's party takes place Monday, May 13, 4:00 - 10:00 PM in front of the restaurant. Tickets are $10.00 and include bicycle valet parking, a Redbones sandwich, Harpoon beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and a raffle ticket.

In 1995 Redbones introduced Bicycle Valet Parking to Davis Square&em;a first in the nation service allowing riders who come to Davis Square to a attend a movie or concert and grab a bite to eat without worrying about the security of their bicycle. Parking is open to all, not only Redbones patrons, and is a hit with riders as well as the local business community and neighbors, by easing congestion and pollution.

Introducing the Rib Rider

This May, Redbones brings its famed southern hospitality home (to yours, that is) with the introduction of the Rib Rider - a custom made cargo bike for delivering dinner orders. Following the innovative introduction of bicycle valet parking at Redbones, the Rib Rider serves fans of the popular restaurant in a stylish new way. Delivery is free every night from 6:00 - 10:00 PM within a 2 mile radius of Redbones. "To launch the delivery service we wanted a unique, safe and functional bike," says Redbones co-owner Robert Gregory, "and Mike [Flanigan] has custom designed just what we need." Known as the "cargo guy" for his bike building specialty, Flanigan is an employee-owner of Union Square based Independent Fabrications - one of the bike party sponsors. To see the work in progress, visit www.redbones.com. To see the real thing, come to the bike party on May 13.

The Benefit

All proceeds raised through the $10.00 entry fee and sales of additional raffle tickets, at $1.00 each, will go to two bicycle advocacy groups. The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) will use the money for Sharing the Road safety education programs, including Public Service Announcements and working with the police community on education. The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) will use their money to further its goals of maintaining recreational trails and educating and assisting trail riders in numerous parks.

The Sponsors

Each sponsor is donating a minimum of $200.00 in merchandise for the raffle. Sponsors include Ace Wheelworks, Kryptonite Lock Corp, Independent Fabrications, Paramount Bicycle Repair, The Ride Magazine, Rubel BikeMaps, Seven Cycles, Vintage, Etc., and Harpoon Brewery. Among the prizes are a Jamis Earth Cruser with a 7-speed hub ($450 value) from Paramount Bicycle and 2 Commuter Packages, including locks, from Kryptonite.

Redbones, Home of the Bicycle Valet, is located at 55 Chester Street, Davis Square, Somerville. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. For information on take out, home delivery on the new Rib Rider, catering and private parties call 617.628-2200 or visit www.redbones.com.

[Bike Week 2002]