Food, friends, shrimp boots and bikes converge at the Salaville Bicycle & Food Truck Festival

Monday, Dec 4, 2017

Text by Dinah Rogers. Photos by Chris Granger

Wayne Smythe wheeled his bright pink bike around the Westwego Farmer’s Market Sunday (Dec. 3), checking out maps and information offered at the Bike Easy table and cycling accessories at the Bicycle World booth.

Most of the cycling enthusiasts attending the first Salaville Bicycle & Foodtruck Festival brought their bikes to show off.

“The girls love it,” Smythe laughed when asked about the color of his bike. “I just wanted the frame and it happened to be pink.” He’s thinking of adding Hello Kitty skulls to make it more masculine.
The event, sponsored by the Westbank Social Riders bicycle club, also featured live music by Austin Sicard & the Medics, bicycle safety and maintenance workshops by Bike Easy, bicycle vendor displays, food offered by a half dozen food trucks and drinks served by Boy Scout Troup 18.

“We wanted to promote bicycle awareness and safety,” said Glenn Julia with the Westbank Social Riders. “Motorists are not always aware there are laws in place,” Julia’s wife Carla added. “And we (bicyclists) need to follow the same rules as the motorists.”

At the Bike Easy table, cycling maps were stacked along with information on the group’s campaign “Streets Built to Share.”
“We make it easy, safe and fun to ride in the greater New Orleans area,” David Meza with Bike Easy said quoting the group’s mission statement.
During a bicycle show, prizes were awarded in categories best vintage, custom, low rider and open class, plus awards for the top 10 bikes.

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