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WHY IT’S WORTH BIKING TO JUE by Kyle Mullin
WARM-UP TO JUE MARKET MAR 8 – Prepare for the start of the festivities with a ride along to Dongzhimen as the creative spring fair returns. Pick up handicrafts or enjoy the interactive artworks, mouth-watering food, or the many spontaneous gigs throughout the day. Free. 11am. Balance Art (186 1195 0979)
side from offering up concerts, festival coordinators seem equally bent on establishing a scene, and setting up a community that can linger beyond the last scheduled event. Case in point: this year’s Bike to JUE initiative.
While most festivals leave a gaping carbon footprint and masses of tattered litter after the party rolls out of town, planners at the forthcoming JUE festival hope to instead encourage eco-friendly gatherings.
WHY CLIMB BACK IN THE SADDLE FOR JUE FESTIVAL? Group rides will be organized for those who don’t like the idea of biking across town alone. Take the chance to see more of the city. Bicycles will be watched by assigned security personnel in a designated parking area close to each venue, meaning you can enjoy events without worrying if your bike will still be there afterwards. Prizes will be on offer to those who cycle to Bike to JUE events (like the ones listed in our handy side bar). Prizes include cycling accessories and apparel courtesy of NLGX.
For more information visit Juefestival.com.
MAR 9 – A double-whammy of environmental enhancement with a bike ride followed by a workshop on urban beekeeping. Learn how to differentiate between real and fake honey products before lessons on setting up an urban beehive. Free. 3pm. Re-Up
C!HERE ART CRAWL MAR 15 – C!Here guide participants through a series of installations and exhibitions including a “human library.” Other activities include juggling and, if you’re tired of crossing the city on two wheels, you can opt for one by trying out unicycling. Free (register at ktsoy@wcobeijing. org). 3pm. Moma Auditorium (8438 8258)
photoS: INES BRUNN
As Bike to JUE organizer Ines Brunn says: “Most people think that if it takes 25 minutes to cab to a venue, it’ll take twice as long to bike there. But because Beijingers waste so much time sitting in traffic jams, you can often cycle there in far less time.”
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