Contact: Anne A. Cushman (617) 497-2127
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
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
To see the real thing, come to the bike party on May 13.
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.
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
[Bike Week 2002]