Spring Rolls will be a two-wheeled progressive dinner

tour de troitBiking makes you hungry, right? Then why not combine your love for cycling and your love of good food?

“Spring Rolls,” the 2011 progressive dinner via bikes, will be hitting up Royal Oak, Clawson and Berkley not only to partake in good food, but also to spread the word that cyclists have equal rights to streets. It takes place this Thursday evening.

Organizer Tom Regan said the event started last October, after asking the consultant for a non-motorized transportation plan public seminar for ideas on how to keep the cycling momentum going. The idea for a progressive dinner on bicycles came up, and it was such a success they decided to have another one in the spring.

The event begins with an optional happy hour, with before-dinner drinks at Lily’s Seafood, downtown Royal Oak, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The ride leaves from Lily’s at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

It then proceeds to the Black Lotus, at the corner of 14 Mile and Main Street in Clawson, for appetizers. The entree will be served at Pasquale’s, 3155 Woodward in Royal Oak, and dessert will be had at Sugar Kisses Bakery, 2688 Coolidge, Berkley.

If you are still up for it, an afterglow will be held at the Urbane Apartments underground space, 310 W. 6th Street, downtown Royal Oak.

Regan said although organizers aren’t wedded to doing the ride at night, “We do want to claim the right to bike after dark.” “We want to create a scene where many casual bike commuters visit Royal Oak bars and restaurants day and night,” he says. “We want to make it commonplace for Berkley-Royal Oak-Clawson residents to routinely bike to each other’s night life.”

The ride is geared especially toward beginning and occasional cyclists, so expect a leisurely pace, he says. He pointed out that the entire non-motorized planning process is aimed at beginners and occasional cyclists, those who would bike short trips but don’t because they don’t feel safe.

Since the ride will end after dark, riders are asked to wear reflective clothing and bring lights for your bike. There’s no fee except to pay for whatever you eat or drink at the restaurants visited; it’s requested you bring small bills to make paying the tab less of a hassle.

Regan says he hopes the event shows how bikes and cars can share the streets. “Bikes have a right to a share the street,” he says. “We want to make bike commuting commonplace for short trips. We want to get adult cyclists off the sidewalk, where they stand a much greater risk of being struck by cars at intersections, and get them into the street — and we want cars to respect the rights of cyclists to be in the street.”

RSVP to the event by joining their Facebook group and then RSVP’ing, visiting the Facebook community page and then RSVP’ing, e-mailing royaloakbikes@hotmail.com, or calling (248) 797-1075.

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