I can barely put in words the amount of kismet that has been involved with my crossing paths with these two people (including yesterday for the first time in person, in an absolutely miraculous moment of serendipity) these past few months (although it seems we’ve been crossing paths for years without knowing it).
Thank you, Betsy Eggers* and Jack Honderd, for all you do in your prominent leadership and involvement throughout Metro Atlanta. It has been a true gift to meet you this year. From the Georgia Bikes Summit to the Peachtree Creek Greenway, the Brookhaven Bike Alliance, the Fugees Family, the Global Village Project, Global Growers, and the girls in Clarkston (to whom I just dropped off their bike course graduation certificates!), I know we’ve just begun taking our leaps of faith together.
Wanna know the crazy part? Completely unplanned, the exact spot where I ran into them was here (photo taken and published as this graphic on September 30, 2020):
Trust the frickin’ journey, folks. Miracles happen daily.
If anyone else would like to close out this weird and wild Leap Year with a Leap of Faith while riding a bike, please take a photo and send it to me or tag me and I’d be happy to share it as the truly final post of 2020 here on Traveling at the Speed of Bike.
* Betsy also reads and emails me comments about many of my posts, for which I’m very grateful. And, thus, I’d like to say a special “Hi, Betsy!” (Note: I turned off online comments after the barrage of abuse I received following my survival of a hit-and-run this past summer. I don’t have time for that.) Fun fact: she recognized me in the split second in which we passed each other because of my mask!
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As Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, a League Cycling Instructor, a PeopleForBikes Ambassador, and the author of Traveling at the Speed of Bike (book and blog), I shine a light on people making it more welcoming to ride bikes and access public space close to home and around the world. Meet some below! If you’d like to put stories to work for your company, municipality, or organization, see here.
Meet Greg Masterson (Metro Atlanta Cycling Club)
Meet Marjon Manitius (Brookhaven Bike Alliance)
Meet Byron Rushing (Atlanta Regional Commission)
Meet Creighton Bryan (Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy)
Meet Betsy Eggers and Jack Honderd (Peachtree Creek Trail and Brookhaven Bike Aliance)
Jon’s Leap of Faith (Street Minister and Bike Saver Extraordinaire)
A Second(er) or Two about Why You’re Needed (City of Dunwoody)
Meet Matt (Painter of New Cycle Track by Mercedes Benz Stadium)
Meet Dr. Walter May (Reinhardt University)
Meet Alex Gee (World Bicycle Relief)
Meet Shawn Deangelo Walton (Everybody Eats ATL and WeCycle)
Meet Charlton Bivins (Clayton County Cycling Club)
Meet Emmett McNair (tour guide extraordinaire)
Meet Mike Flueckiger (Primary Mechanic at Global Spokes)
Thank You, Courtney (NYC’s Peoples’ Bike Mayor)
Meet Carden Wycoff (Wheelchair Warrior at 6 MPH)
Meet Jillian Banfield (Bicycle Mayor of Halifax, Canada)
Meet Arcy Canumay (Bicycle Mayor of Waterloo, Canada)
Meet Shelley Carr (Bicycle Mayor of London, Canada)
Meet Susan Stokhof (Bicycle Mayor of Victoria, Canada)
Meet Daniel Eppstein (Director of Operations at BYCS)
Meet 31 Women Making the USA More Welcoming for Riding Bikes (the “You Go Girl!’ Series)
Meet 11 Bike Tour Guides (from the Bicycle Tours of Atlanta Team)