Davis Bike Collective Rev. Timothy Lane observes Zack Naqvi rethread a set of bicycle forks Tuesday as Mattias Labs trues, or straightens, his wheel at Bike Forth, a do-it-yourself bicycle repair shop operated by the Davis Bike Collective. Lane is helping Naqvi learn how to build a bicycle from the frame up. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo


Film festival Friday makes Davis’ wheels go ’round

By July 20, 2011


What: Clips of Faith beer and film tour

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets, downtown Davis

Admission: Free, with beer-tastings available for $1.25 or $5

By Steve Tracy

Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bicycle Collective are partnered with the New Belgium Brewing Company, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, to bring the Clips of Faith beer and film tour back to Davis on Friday evening.

The outdoor event beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park will highlight some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings while providing a great way to unwind under the stars.

Selected films included at the Clips of Faith event will include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries and music animation. The top three films are about lizard wrangling in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and a miniature day on a tremendous mountain.

The Clips of Faith festival is traveling to 18 cities this summer and fall, showcasing independent films by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends.

The event is family-friendly and free to the public. Fundraising occurs through the sale of tokens for beer samples, T-shirt purchases and donations.

All proceeds from each stop go to local nonprofit organizations. Last year, the festival attracted about 1,200 people in Davis and raised nearly $4,500 for Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bike Collective. In total, Clips of Faith raised more than $31,000 in 2010.

Davis Bicycles! works in several areas to promote cycling in Davis, including school programs, education, advocacy for bicycle facilities, and fun bicycle-related events like this film festival.

The school programs are a major part of DB!’s ongoing activities. They include bike rodeos at selected elementary schools around Davis each year, in partnership with parent groups and the city of Davis. These rodeos offer bicycle and helmet checks, safety education, riding skills courses and fun educational exercises.

DB! also has offered bike basket clinics at which baskets acquired by DB! are installed at no charge for people who bring bikes to the event. This promotes minor shopping trips and commuting by bicycle.

DB! participates in the Save-a-Gallon program, which encourages students to log their days biking to school and the car trips they avoid, and rewards students with prizes including a free bicycle as the grand prize for top performers.

The “Loopalooza” has become an annual Davis Bicycles! event, bringing young students, teacher and parent groups, and community volunteers together for a ride on a course that follows the Davis Bike Loop with fun activity stations at parks and school all over town.

DB! also supports related local events like the Bike Commuter Festival, the Tour de Cluck chicken coop ride, the Livestrong Challenge cancer research fundraising ride, the May is Bike Month bike-to-work breakfast and the Cool Davis Festival.

The Davis Bicycle Collective is another volunteer-run nonprofit community bicycle organization. It provides a public do-it-yourself shop — Bike Forth, at Fourth and L streets — where folks share tools, skills and knowledge about bike maintenance and repair.

The collective accepts donations of used bicycles and parts from the community and, in turn, makes used parts available for anyone to build or repair a bicycle. They ask all patrons to contribute financially to the cooperative shop, but don’t turn anyone away for lack of funds.

The aim of the Davis Bike Collective is to empower confident and committed cyclists through education and community building, and to encourage more cyclists by making bikes and bike maintenance fun, safe and accessible for everyone.

Neither Davis Bicycles! nor Davis Bicycle Collective has any paid staff. All proceeds from Friday evening’s festival will go to Davis Bicycles! (www.davisbicycles.org) and The Davis Bicycle Collective (www.davisbikecollective.org) to support their events and activities, outreach materials, prizes for children, bike baskets and related expenses.

— Steve Tracy is a Davis resident and bicycle advocate.

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