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At the Market: Biking the Tour de Market

At the Market: Biking the Tour de Market

Biking is a fabulous method of transportation to market and with the right tips, you’ll be able to take all that summer produce home. Mackenzie…

Tuesday, Aug 16

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Biking is a fabulous method of transportation to market and with the right tips, you’ll be able to take all that summer produce home. Mackenzie Sehlke’s backpack-bungeed summer squash is just one way cyclists transport their market haul. (Courtesy photo) This summer’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes have come to a close, but Boulder County cyclists remain committed all summer! Many of our market customers prefer their bikes as a convenient transportation method to avoid crowded parking, savor the summer sunshine, limit carbon emissions and transport their market hauls in style.

Don’t be intimidated by biking to a farmers market near you! We have all the bike commuting tips you need from Executive Director Mackenzie Sehlke.

Mackenzie can often be spotted pedaling around town, heading to a meeting or to a market. Her personal record is 40 pounds of tomatoes in one trip — a terrifying and exhilarating ride, only recommended for those planning to make sauce.

Here are her top tips for getting started with biking to BCFM markets:

1. Get setup to shop: Outfit your bike with baskets, panniers, or racks to make things easier to transport (and encourage buying that extra pound of mushrooms that a backpack won’t hold). Bring some bungee cords for securing that flat of peaches!

2. Take a lap: When you arrive at market, do a scouting lap and see what’s on offer this week! Doing a pre-shop walk helps get organized to buy heavy things first and pack your bag and bike wisely.

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