Thursday, November 26, 2009

Guilt Reduction Ride

We couldn't have had a better Thanksgiving morning than to ride to Vienna for bikes@vienna's Guilt Reduction Ride. People brought cans of food for Community Helping Others (guilt reduction 1) and rode on the W&OD Trail to Herndon (guilt reduction 2), and otherwise had a great time. bikes@vienna has been a longtime FABB sponsor and a very community spirtied bike shop, not to mention this year's Adventure Cycling Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award winner. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

2009 Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award

Yesterday Adventure Cycling Association announced the 2009 Bicycle Travel Award Winners. Congratulations to bikes@vienna for being selected the winner of the Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award. John Brunow, owner of bikes@vienna, has been a supporter of FABB since the very beginning. We held our first organizational meeting in his shop and continued to meet there monthly for the next couple of years.

John is a great supporter of bicycling in Northern Virginia. He was sponsor of the Vienna Bike to Work Day pit stop for many years. bikes@vienna serves as a collection point for Bikes for the World. This is what Adventure Cycling had to say about bikes@vienna:
The Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award goes to Bikes@Vienna in Vienna, Virginia, recognizing their passion for sharing the local area with cyclists and the amazing services that they offer cyclists of all abilities traveling in the Washington D.C. area. As fierce proponents of full access, they offer cycling gear for all levels of rider and persons with physical disabilities. They are involved in the local community in a variety of ways, sponsoring several rides throughout the year. The owner, John Brunow, works hard to promote bicycle travel, and cycling in general, and to create positive change in his community by being an engaged, local leader.
John is an active member of the community, having served as past president of the Rotary Club of Vienna, and he is heavily involved in Viva! Vienna! each year. He's also a member of the Vienna Planning Commission.

Congratulations to John and the crew at bikes@vienna (full disclosure, I'm a former employee but am currently not working there). It's a well-deserved honor.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Bike to Market

FABB has discussed the idea of encouraging more people to ride their bikes to local farmer's markets. We ride to the Reston Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, avoiding the hassle of finding a parking spot at the busy market at Lake Anne Plaza. Most people drive from the surrounding area and could easily go by bike.

John Brunow, owner of bikes@vienna, has been providing bike parking at the Vienna Farmer's Market all summer. As he says, "The Vienna Farmer's Market is a great way to start your holiday weekend. All summer I've been taking bike racks to encourage people to ride their bikes to market. Tomorrow I'm taking a booth to sell baskets and grocery getter bags. Come early."
Event: Vienna Farmer's Market Cycle Parking Plus A Sale
"We selling the means for you to haul your produce home"
What: Retail
Host: bikes@vienna
Start Time: Tomorrow, September 5 at 8:00am
End Time: Tomorrow, September 5 at 10:00am
Where: Centennial Park
That's John above carrying a bike box on one of his cargo bikes, the Batavus.

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