It's alive! The Boise Bicycle Project's second annual Block Party on Friday, May 21, will feature a contest for the most creative two-wheeled monster rides: the Frankenbikes.
"The Frankenbike contest is a BBP brainchild. We've always had pretty limited resources at the shop, and as a result, we've had to get pretty creative in some of the bikes we've built. Frankenbike takes this creativeness to the next level by seeing who can build the wildest, craziest, most 'Franken' frankenbike," said Jimmy Hallyburton, executive director and co-founder of BBP.
In 2007, the Boise Bicycle Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit bicycle cooperative, began with a mission to recycle old bicycles and turn them into "functional pieces of art."
"BBP does a lot of great things for the community, from education, to affordable bikes, to bike donations. We've become well known for the charitable works we've done in the community, but our real goal is to strengthen the entire cycling community," said Hallyburton.
Last year, the Block Party began as part of Boise Bike Week, which is run by the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. On Friday, cycling enthusiasts can expect prize giveaways, live music, a beer garden and music by famed locals and friends of BBP, Finn Riggins. Hallyburton hopes to appeal to the cycling community and the non-bicycle-riding population, as well.
"We really wanted to create an event that the entire cycling community could come together to celebrate, and an event that would make other people jump on the proverbial 'bicycle bandwagon,'" he said. "We have dreams of Boise one day being the cycling capital of the United States, and we're doing everything we can to rally the community around that same dream."
Friday, May 21, 4-10 p.m., FREE, Eighth St. between Bannock and Main streets, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.