Love by Bike: The 2nd Annual St. Velotine’s Day
In an increasingly digital world, St. Velotine’s Day is our emerging tradition celebrating all-analog affection. Next Wednesday, February 14th, the Cycling Center will be using our bike shop as a one-day pop-up couriering agency dedicated to appreciation and positive community spirit.
Now through February 14th at 12:00pm*, you can stop in at our bike shop and order a velotine for a $10 suggested donation per velotine. On St. Velotine’s Day, volunteer bike couriers will deliver your velotine by bike.
Has an organization done something exceptional that you want to cheer in a way that no mere email could convey? Does a neighbor give great high fives? Could a friend use a little moral boost?
How Does It Work?
- Think of someone—a person or an organization—to send your velotine to. Who are you thankful for? Who do you love, respect, or admire? Who could use some positive vibes?
- Stop into our bike shop (1700 NE Alberta St., 10:00am-6:00pm) and ask any staff member for a velotine form. Write down your message and delivery details, and give your donation ($10 suggested). Deliveries need to be within the city of Portland.
Before delivery day, we’ll type up your message using a mid-century Olympia manual typewriter (I know!) on a snazzy velotine. On February 14th, our crew of bike couriers will deliver your note with a smile.
Would you like to make a whole bunch of people smile while either typing on a vintage typewriter or serving as a volunteer bike courier? Doesn’t that sound like gaggles of fun? Sign up to be a veloteer typist and/or courier!
Remember to order your velotine by 12:00pm on February 14th* at the Community Cycling Center Bike Shop. Thank you for sharing the bike love!
Many thanks to Tony’s Chocolonely, PDX Typewriters/Ethan Jewett, and Betsy Lance for making St. Velotine’s Day possible.
* If your velotine is to a business and must be delivered by 5pm or earlier, please order your velotine no later than 5pm February 13th.