This weekend I celebrated a very dear friend‘s birthday with a balmy bike ride through Brooklyn. Sweat poured down my back and pooled in the crooks of my elbows but there was a breeze and a wireless speaker and we three thirty-somethings suddenly felt like three thirteen year-olds, snorting and chortling and ringing bike bells on quiet summertime streets.
I haven’t biked regularly since Faye was born and I felt giddy with speed and forward momentum. When I lay down to sleep at night, I felt like the ground was still moving beneath me. So, here’s a summer day dream of getting back on a bike with kids in tow. And since it’s make-believe, there are no car horns blaring, not a drop of sweat to be found, not a pothole to bump my way into.
A family bike big enough for 3/5ths of us.
Bike helmets in coordinating colors.
Plus masks to protect and stay protected.
Collapsible crates for organizing grocery hauls and picnic supplies.
In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth:
+ Donate your bike helmets. Rosehip Medics and Portland Action Medics are hosting a Helmet Drive this week to help protect BLM protestors in Portland, Oregon from the Federal government. Portland locals can drop used helmets and goggles to 3376 SE 20th; Monday-Friday 9-5pm. Other folks can support the effort remotely via Venmo: Rosehip-medics.
+ Support community organizers. Don’t Shoot PDX is a Black-led community action plan in Portland, Oregon, advocating for accountability and the strategic building of relationships and networks used toward the shift in culture and systemic discrimination. Donate here.
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