Vegan? Vegan-Curious? Climate-Conscious? This Bike Event Is for You!

My family and I try to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. My husband bikes to work, my kids walk to school, and we’ve been a one-car family for years. 

A few years ago, I took it a step further. I decided to eat only plants. Growing plants for food requires much less agricultural land, uses much less water and creates much less pollution than animal farming. For example, producing a pound of wheat, corn or peas creates an average of 60 times less carbon dioxide than a pound of beef. 

I know most people have little interest in going fully vegan, a diet that avoids all animal foods, including dairy and honey. But, if more people would make even a partial switch to plant-based eating, we could significantly reduce our carbon footprint and make strides against climate change. Even cutting out meat just one day a week can really make an impact.


Introducing the Plant-Based Bike Crawl

Luckily, it’s really easy these days to reduce your meat consumption. We have delicious, convenient, affordable plant-based food choices all over the Twin Cities. You can hop on your bike and experience a few of them with me on Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Twin Cities’ First-Ever Plant-Based Bike Crawl

Author Julie Reiter (left) and her son, Beyen Reiter (photo provided)

This 18-mile recreational ride will lead you through iconic Minneapolis parks on your way to three different vegan restaurants — including Reverie Cafe + Bar, Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken and Vegan East Café — with additional stops for plant-based snacks and refreshments. You’ll get to try vegan crispy fried chicken, a savory carnitas taco, custom baked goods and more tasty vegan treats.

This event is a great way to explore making a positive impact with your food choices. And, the event proceeds support Twin Cities Veg Fest, the largest festival in the Midwest celebrating everything plant-based. I’d love to see you there!

Food photos courtesy of Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken and Reverie Café + Bar

About Julie Reiter

Julie lives in NE Minneapolis and works at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She’s the parent of two teens and two feisty rescue pups. She’s also the Board President of Compassionate Action for Animals, the nonprofit organization behind the annual Twin Cities Veg Fest. Email her at