The falling snow and cold temperatures have me dreaming of summer bike rides with friends. It’s the perfect time of year for you to start planning a Book Ride in your community. And The Reading Line is here to help.
Since 2014, The Reading Line has produced Book Rides that bring together the literary and cycling communities. We have a proven track record of engaging key changemakers in government and non-profit organizations by using a mix of vibrant programming and eclectic media to raise awareness of safe cycling infrastructure, literacy, and the arts.
And now we want to share our secrets with you.
We’re accepting invitations to speak about how we took The Reading Line from a crazy idea into a multi-city festival that regularly includes bestselling authors and makes national and local media. Whether you’re an arts non-profit, a politician, or a cycling advocacy organization, we want to speak with you about how you can make your your city a better place, one street and one book at a time.
to book a speaking engagement and learn how you can start your own Book Ride.
What is a Book Ride?
A Book Ride is a literary festival on two wheels, delivered in a safe and engaging parade format with plenty of stops along the way. Local authors read from their books at points of interest along a city street, and audiences have a chance to ask questions and have their books signed. Organizers select the route as a vital street that needs infrastructure improvements to promote cycling and pedestrian traffic; for example, protected bike lanes, more bike parking, or a “pocket park” instead of parking for cars. Local libraries and bookstores make the books available for borrowing and purchase before the Book Ride, and media come along for the ride!Take a look at the 2018 Book Ride documentary, and let’s start the conversation about how we can help you start a Book Ride where you live.