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Be part of RAGBRAI festivities without breaking a sweat!

The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand is planning a “yarn bomb” bike installation to celebrate our efforts to become the most cycling-friendly corridor in Des Moines.

Artist: Martha Thompson Lund (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

We’re seeking volunteer knitters and crocheters to help bring this vision to life, and are also looking for donations of a few bikes that are past this pedaling prime. The goal is to have yarn-bombed bikes on the street by the time RAGBRAI rolls through town on Wednesday, July 26. Although we’re not part of the official route, The Avenues has much to offer cyclists visiting Des Moines!

Des Moines-based fiber artist extraordinaire Jen Geigley is lending her talents to the initiative, but anyone who can knit or crochet a swatch or has extra yarn to donate can be part of the cause.

How to get involved: 
– Donate yarn (acrylics & vibrant colors encouraged!) at Chain & Spoke Coffee by July 10.
– Knit or crochet 4-5″ rectangles of any length/colors that can be “sewn” onto bike tubes. Those can be dropped off in the same collection bin at Chain & Spoke!
– Contact us to donate a bike or bike wheels for yarn-bombing
– Volunteer to help wrap yarn bikes & bike racks

Questions? email info@theavenuesdsm.com 

(Yes, “knit-ical mass is a play on words referencing the “critical mass” bike movement! We are excited to expand multi-modal transportation options and public art on our corridor.)


(Images from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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