May Day 2019
May Day will start at Memphis Made Brewing Co. with the fourth annual Tour de Coop, a unique bicycle tour visiting community gardens, backyard chicken coops and beehives throughout the city. This tour not only offers participants examples of how they can make their own neighborhood self-sufficient, but also connects different areas of Memphis in new ways. As participants arrive back at Memphis Made Brewing Co, the seventh annual Bristerfest will begin where attendees will enjoy live music from local and regional bands, art from local artist students and professionals, and a bazaar of vendors with crafts and gift items.
This event is free and open to the public. However, a $15 registration fee per person for Tour de Coop or Bristerfest will include an EXCLUSIVE 2019 May Day t-shirt (limited supply).
A suggested pay what you can registration fee of $10.00 per person to benefit the work of Memphis Tilth is greatly appreciated! Registration will be available April 1st - May 3rd.
2019 Tour de Coop
If you have selected a $15 registration fee per person, you will receive an EXCLUSIVE 2019 May Day t-shirt. This registration must occur before May 3rd, 11:59 pm.
T-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event for $20 each.
AFTER REGISTERING Please Email me the answers to these questions.
Which Tour are you participating in?
- Family Ride: For riders on two wheels (no training wheels, please). approx. 5-6 miles RT
- Experienced Bicyclist Ride: A longer ride, approx. 15 miles RT
- Walking Tour: Families that would like to walk together including: strollers, wagons, tricycles, balance bikes and bicycles with training wheels. approx. 2.5 miles
What is your t-shirt size?
The 4th annual Memphis Tour De Coop will take place on May 4, 2019 with the hope that the success of the event will continue for years to come. This Tour was inspired by our local food movement and growing urban chicken keeping in the City of Memphis. What better way to connect with your neighbors and community than to share information and resources to build the momentum and support for a sustainable local food system. Our City is populated by residents who understand the complexities of our food system and use that knowledge to grow or raise their own food and to support other sustainable growers. Community gardens abound, which reduces blight, rekindles community relationships, and provides healthy food. Farmers markets and restaurants support regional farms. Farming is a viable livelihood and our youth look toward it as a career path. Our food system is supported by local policies that enable and provide space for community and home gardens and sustainable farms. These activities are an intrinsic part of our economic development engine and Memphis is widely known as a community that cares deeply for and produces locally grown or raised food packed with flavor.
We are so excited to partner with Sylvia Crum, Commute Options Manager at Innovate Memphis, who will be organizing and leading the bicycling rides.
2019 Tour Information
Date: May 4, 2019
Memphis Made Brewing Co.
768 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Experienced Bicyclist Ride will begin at 9:00 am
Family Ride will begin at 10:00 am
The Walking Tour will begin at 11:00 am
Registration Fee: This event is free and open to the public.
However, a $15 registration fee per person will include an EXCLUSIVE 2019 May Day t-shirt. *limited supply
A suggested pay what you can registration fee of $10.00 per person to benefit the work of Memphis Tilth is greatly appreciated!
Registration will be available March 25, 2019 - May 3, 2019
Start and Stop Location for Group Bicycling Tours:
Memphis Made Brewing Co.
768 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Thanks to the generosity of Memphis Made Brewing Co. there is plenty of room to park, your bike or car, and tons of options for post Tour entertainment and refreshments.
The Walking Tour - A Walking Tour will be offered this year to accommodate families with small children that would like to bike, roller skate, skip, walk,or shuffle their way through the Cooper-Young Neighborhood stop locations. This is a 2.5-mile round trip Tour and will incorporate a few gardens, beekeeping, and backyard chickens. This Tour will also feature a picture page scavenger hunt for the kids participating.
The Family Ride- The Family Ride will include the neighborhoods of Cooper-Young, Midtown, Central Gardens, and Overton Park. This 5-6 mile round Tour will incorporate gardens, beekeeping, and backyard chickens.
The Experienced Bicyclist Ride will include the neighborhoods of Cooper-Young, Chickasaw Gardens, East Buntyn, University District, and Orange Mound
Walking Tour: Approximately 2.5 miles round trip
Family Ride : Approximately 5 -6 miles round trip
Experienced Ride: Approximately 15 miles round trip
Map: To protect the privacy of the volunteers homes, the map with the stop locations will be emailed to you Friday, May 3, 2019. This map will include the address and information of each location. You will also be able to view this information, without the address, on the "Featured Coops, Gardens, and Beehives" page.
Options: 1. You can join us for the GROUP TOUR that will begin at 9:00 am for the Experienced Ride and at 10:00 am for the Family Ride. Each group will be a total of 15 people with volunteers assigned as 1 leader and 1 chaser. This will allow everyone in the group to cross major streets together safely and in a timely manner. The leader and chaser will keep track of the time at each stop so that you will visit all stops. You can choose to stay at the stop location and not continue with the group at any time, the leader and chaser will not count heads but notify the group when it is time to move to the next stop. 2. You can choose to do a self guided tour of the stops. You can visit any of the stops during 9:00 -12:00pm on May 4th.
Weather contingency: The event will take place rain or shine. We will cancel the event for lightening or otherwise dangerous weather. If we suspect that we may have to cancel the event due to weather, we will send an alert email the evening of the 3rd and final notice of cancellation through email the morning of the 4th.
Tour Stop: At each garden/coop/hive the volunteer will take 10 minutes to give a presentation and then time for Q&A. You can stay as long as you like at each stop with the consideration that the Tour ends at 12:00pm.
Volunteers: We will have volunteers at each stop to assist you with information and to watch the parked bikes.
Bike racks: There will be no bike racks at each stop. Please do not place your bike against the locations home/fence.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms will be available at Memphis Made Brewing.
Please do not ask to enter anyones home to use their bathroom. Each volunteer has been instructed to not allow the Tour participants to enter their home.
Water: Please bring a water bottle with you during the ride.
As a reminder, you MUST register for the event through the brownpapertickets.com.
Although this event is free to the public, a suggested registration is posted to help fund the Tour. You do not have to pay a fee to register. If you are unable to pay for a registration fee at this time, and would like to register with cash at the event, you will still need to register with brownpapertickets.
We are really excited about this event and as always thank you for your support!!!
Memphis Made Brewing Co. (View)
768 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|