“You go, girl”

PicMonkey Collage-4.jpgAn elderly man hobbling along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail yesterday said to me as I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike past him, “Stay safe. You go, girl.”

I thanked him and we wished each other a good day. That kind of support in public space matters (as opposed to creepy harassment — we all know the difference). I always love how public art can send positive messages to women and girls as well. For International Day of the Girl today, I’d like to share some of the amazing Art of Bike Riding I’ve passed that helps to create an empowering landscape.

Note: if your city is discussing the role of public art, it’s not just about “beautification.” It’s about changing and saving lives, and creating a welcoming environment for all.