Hi, everyone! I’m back. I’ve spent the month of May re-centering joy (despite the conundrum of it) and cold-hard-stopping the rest. A visit to the Bike to the Future exhibit at the Museum of Design in Atlanta revived my imagination about what’s possible, and confirmed my disinterest in wasting any more time with those who say it’s not.
In other news: I discovered my new portable hammock fits in my pannier easily, and that changes everything. Oh, and did I mention serviceberries and mulberries? I missed them last year due to the pandemic, so every day I’ve spent recently with hands stained purple has been a particular pleasure.
So, what needed to go? The thing that’s been sucking the life out of my soul and crushing my spirit — and that’s the fruitless trying to explain why we need safe access now.
The cold, hard truth? I’m clearly not the right person to inspire real change on this topic. In fact, I failed. And since I trust the journey, I accept that that is not where I am called or needed to serve.
I cautioned those in charge about ignoring current dangers for the last time at a meeting this past week (with DeKalb County Commissioners). I followed up with this list of 7 low-hanging fruit actions cities can take today. And that’s it, team. I hope my lived experience helps others in some ways down the road.
And thus, it’s back to my three stated objectives as Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor (if interested, here is my 6-month executive summary):
- Shine a light on people making it more welcoming to ride bikes;
- Create/share welcoming routes and empower teen girls and women;
- Encourage others to become bicycle mayors of their cities or counties.
So, hang tight. I have some more awesome people to profile, starting with Carden Wycoff, an extraordinarily-effective accessibility advocate for those with disabilities whom I interviewed yesterday.
I have fun rides to share from a new RideSpot account where I’ve been posting everyday outings (in addition to this account with more tightly-planned self-guided tours).
Plus, I’ll be Traveling at the Speed of Bike back in New York soon (to see my octogenarian dad and stepmom, plus ride Schwinneola and Citibike!) — which will be my first trip since the pandemic started.
I’ll be offering my one free monthly class in late June for a teen girl or woman (meet some of my other students here). And I’ll be hosting a Zoom session for anyone interested in finding out more about the global bicycle mayor program.
Mostly, however, I’ll be, well, hanging out at all the amazing places bikes take me, and connecting with more positive, joy-based people who refuse to spend a moment in the gutter of failed imagination. If that’s you, let’s talk.