november 12th, 2017. City Park, Baton Rouge.

Last year, Baton Rouge held its second Cranksgiving. About seventy participants pedaled around Baton Rouge and donated a total of 400 pounds of food to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.


Cranksgiving started in New York City in 1999, and there are now nearly 80 independently organized events across the globe. The event has its roots in bike messenger alleycats, but there are no requirements other than "get food" and "do it on a bike". Participants register at the start location, and are given a shopping list and a selection of grocery stores to bike to in any order they choose. They bring their haul to the finish line -  donated food items go directly to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.


Cranksgiving Baton Rouge will be held at City Park on Sunday the 12th of November. Registration will begin at noon with roll out at 1:00 PM.  You'll be done pedaling by 2:30 PM but the fun will go on later into the afternoon.

Not sure about getting around Baton Rouge by bike? We'll have experienced Baton Rouge bicyclists leading teams if you don't want to go it alone!

What you'll need to bring:  
A bicycle (duh)
A way to carry your groceries (basket, pannier, backpack, etc.)
Cash or a credit card (be prepared to spend about $20)
A bike lock and helmet is highly recommended

What you'll get :
A shopping list with five common grocery items
A map
A list of local stores

What you'll do :
Register with our AMAZING volunteers
Leave City Park at 1:00 PM
Ride to each store (your choice of route)
Pick up one shopping list item per store
Return to City Park as quickly as possible with your shopping list completed

You shouldn't ride much more than ten miles (ninety minutes) unless you take some 'scenic' routes...
There will also be a family friendly option - about five miles worth of riding.

After the ride :
Drop off your groceries
Get your grocery list checked and receive your official time
Catch your breath!
Hang out for a while at the after-party!
Receive awards (sure, there's an award for best time, but there's also worst time, biggest/smallest spender and more...)

After the after-party :
Bike Baton Rouge takes the donated food to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
You tell your friends how much fun you had - and bring them with you next year

Check out our Facebook event here for more details.

Cranksgiving is 100% free aside from what you spend on food - all of which is donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

images FROM Cranksgivings past