23 Sep '11, 8pm

Bikes are playing a quiet but starring role in one city's renaissance.

Bikes are playing a quiet but starring role in one city's renaissance.

Getting ready for a sold-out Dinner & Bikes show in downtown Topeka Photo: Elly Blue Elly Blue is on a monthlong Dinner & Bikes tour around the western U.S., along with Portland bike filmmaker Joe Biel and traveling vegan chef Joshua Ploeg . This is one of her thrice-weekly dispatches from the road about bicycle culture and economy. Read them all here . Topeka, Kansas: "Kansas is sneaky cool." So says the friend we're staying with in rural Kansas, about midway through our Dinner & Bikes tour. The state's capitol, Topeka, certainly proves this to be true. It's obvious that at some point in recent decades, downtown Topeka was left for dead. Less obvious is that it's now bouncing back. It's doing so in a "sneaky," quintessentially Kansan way -- without any flashy showcasing, but with unyielding determination. And bikes are playing a quiet but starring role in the city's renai...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-09-23-urban-revival-puts...

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