Urban Tour de Cluck May 9

Urban_Tour_De_CluckHop on your bikes (or drive your car) next Saturday, May 9, for the second annual Urban Tour de Cluck, a tour of backyard chicken coops on the west side of Des Moines.

See how urban homesteaders are raising a variety of chicken breeds, building coops from recycled and salvaged materials, and promoting sustainability by raising their own food and recycling food waste. The tour runs from 10 am – 2 pm, and coop owners will be at each site to answer your questions.

If you would like to take the tour on your bicycle, the small tour loop will be about eight miles, with the option of 6.5 additional miles for a bonus stop. Last year, the inaugural Tour de Cluck took place the same day as the opening of the Des Moines Social Club, and bicycling rock icon David Byrne, in town to give the DMSC opening keynote, stopped by several coops on the tour, riding his bike! (No word about celebrity cyclist rock star participation this year, but you never know what might happen).

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the tour, and available (along with optional commemorative t-shirts) at Eventbrite.

If you’d rather volunteer to take a 2-hour shift helping on the tour, you can sign up in care of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, who is including the tour in their Bike Month calendar. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and a ticket to the tour.

More information, and up-to-the-minute news about the tour is on the Tour de Cluck’s Facebook event page.

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