Tour de Fat 2010

Tour de Fat 2010

Photo slideshow of the New Belgium Tour de Fat 2010.

By Josh Gross

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tired of High Gas Prices? Trade Your Car for a Bike at Tour de Fat

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Tired of gas prices inching toward $4 per gallon and those financially crippling insurance payments every month? Tired of the ever-growing stack of parking tickets in your glove compartment? A beer company feels your pain and thinks their product can help.

Tour de Fat, the annual carnival of all things beer, bikes and bizarre is coming back to Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, and the organization is looking to give a super-schmancy super-schmancy hand-built Black Sheep bicycle to an ambitious Boisean. The only catch: You have to give them your car.

From the Tour de Fat press release:

A highlight of Tour de Fat is the annual car-for-bike swap, and we’re still looking for a swapper to represent Boise in this challenge! At each Tour de Fat stop, one person hands over his or her car keys and commits to one year of living car-free. Each car-for-bike swapper will receive a hand-built Black Sheep commuter bike in return for their car.

Volunteers are chosen after submitting an application describing their desire to live sans-auto. To apply, go to New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Facebook page, click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application in one of three formats: video (two minutes or less, please), photo or the written word.

The primary requirement is that whomever hands over their keys will commit to a full year of bicycle commuting—unlike last year's honoree, whom this reporter spotted driving at The Hyde Park Street Fair a few months later. Busted.

So get in there, Boise. Quit paying through the nose just for the honor of driving a car and put the fun back between your legs where it belongs.

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