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Shift Gears, Shake the Lulav, Share Good Food

2011 Sukkah Bike Hop riders visiting the community sukkah on the CU camps.

On Sunday, October 7th Hazon and Chabad of NW Metro Denver are joining together to present the 2nd annual Sukkah Bike Hop.

The supported bike ride, which begins and ends at Chabad of NW Metro Denver in Westminster, offers the choice of 20, 40 and 61 mile scenic routes through Boulder County allowing riders to choose a ride based on their riding ability.

Each route will stop at community sukkahs where nutritious snacks will be available. Upon returning to Westminster, a grand post-ride BBQ lunch will be served. Food on the ride and at lunch will be kosher, healthy, sustainable and delicious.

The idea of a community bike ride was conceived last year by Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver who, being a cyclist, thought that this would be a neat way to engage people with the holiday of Sukkot. Despite the late notice of the ride some twenty people signed up.

The ride also attracted the attention of Becky O’Brien of Hazon who felt that the Sukkot bike ride would complement Hazon’s goal of creating healthier and more sustainable communities. Hazon bike rides are geared to get people outside to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world, to think differently about transportation and cycling, highlight the connection between Jewish festivals and the agricultural cycles, and to help people recognize they are more powerful than they thought. Hence, Hazon offered to partner with Chabad for the 2012 ride.

I was delighted to have Hazon partner with us on the Sukkah Bike Hop” says Rabbi Brackman. “Becky has really brought Hazon’s biking expertise to the table and we are looking forward to a terrific ride.”

Joining the ride is easy and can be done online at www.SukkahBikeHop.org where more information is also available. Registration is open now; the cost to ride ranges between $15 to $30 depending on the age of the rider and length of the route selected. Late registration starts October 4th and goes through the morning of the ride and is $40 for all ages and all routes.

Enjoying a community sukkah at the 2011 Sukkah Bike Hop.

About Becky O'Brien

Hazon is America's largest Jewish environmental organization. We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon in Colorado is led by Becky O'Brien, Boulder Director and Sarah Kornhauser, Denver Director.

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