It starts with a wave

fullsizeoutput_b82I was riding sweep on a little ride with an Atlanta Bicycle Coalition class for Habitat for Humanity homeowners on their new bikes yesterday when an older man (in yellow in the photo) on the first bike he had ridden in years waved to someone on a porch. And in that moment the power of homes plus bikes came alive for me. Being able to ride a bike and wave to a neighbor creates a habitat for humanity. It’s just that simple.

Every single one of these newly-back-on-bike riders raised their hand when asked if they intended to ride the Atlanta Beltline’s just-opened Westside Trail. They are secure in their homes, but many folks living in proximity to Belty are not as rising rents lead to gentrification, forcing low-income folks out. This must change. We must create not just a habitat for humanity, but a habit of humanity. It starts with a wave.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s