You did it!
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Raised
$35,000 for Local Bicycling Nonprofits
World-Class Entertainment and Bicycle Love Brought out Thousands of People;
Event Grew by 80% Since Last Year
About 4,500 bicycle and beer enthusiasts
came to Yards Park for the event and 500 people participated in the bike parade.
The beneficiaries this year, which are all focused on making the D.C. are a better place to ride, were:
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax
Advocates for Better Bicycling and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).
“Tour de Fat and New Belgium support WABA's work in so many ways, from funding
our advocacy to growing our membership to exposing new audiences to the fun and joy
of bicycling,” said Shane Farthing, executive director of WABA. “The proceeds from this
year's event will allow us to continue to fund our core advocacy work to push for better
bicycling conditions in the Washington area. It will also allow us to extend our outreach
efforts, including our East of the Anacostia Bikes and Women & Bicycles programs and
build our Spanish language outreach capacity.”
Kevin Hays is this year’s Car-for-BIke swapper from Washington, D.C says:
“I was interested in trading in my car for bike because owning a car in D.C. is not the
most practical investment. The cost of registration, parking, insurance, gasoline and
parking tickets really add up,” said Kevin. “Between a bicycle and public transportation,
you can get anywhere you need to and often much quicker than in a car. Plus, riding a
bike through the city is a lot more fun than trying to drive.”
4,500 bicycle and beer enthusiasts (up 2,000 last year); 500 participants in the bike
parade (up nearly 200 from last year)
$35,000 (up more than $14,000 from last year)
All that fun sure made some waste - but we did our best Rumplestiltskin impression and managed to get
85% of our Waste was diverted from landfill and into compost and recycling streams.
Headliners Beats Antique brought out a giant inflatable squid that was the Belle of the Ball until a giant confection-turned walking menace came out from behind the stage to challenge it's preeminence. Without giving too much away, everybody got "some more". Oh yeah.
The Moth stories were incredible, looking forward to Minneapolis for the 2nd installment.
A huge thanks to our friends in our Nation's Capitol for all the good work they do and the fun they know how to have!!