Bicycles are transformative objects. They have helped liberate women at the end of the 19th century, provided affordable transportation for millions of people around the world for the last 150 years and opened vistas of exploration and fun for generations
of children. Currently, great efforts are being made to provide bicycles for AIDS workers in Africa, tsunami survivors in Asia and underprivileged children in the U.S.
Those are big changes- a bicycle ambulance in Zimbabwe can be the difference between life and death. But bicycles can bring small changes to any life lived, anywhere in the world. Riding a bike makes us aware of the weather, demands that we pay attention to all our senses, requires co-operation with others on the road, challenges our understanding of our bodies and pushes our self imposed physical limits.
This blog is about these changes and how even small shifts in perspective that can come from bicycle riding can lead to big changes in how we see the world, how we live in it. Changes in our impact on the earth, or even just noticing how nice it is to have the wind in your hair. Sometimes, all it takes to have you change your career or go back to school or meet your neighbor for the first time, is a good bike ride!
We look forward to sharing our stories, and even more, to hearing yours! Please, please, please send us your bike of change and life stories! Why do you ride? Where has riding taken you? How do you tackle the challenges of where you live to keep riding? Did you meet your spouse on a bike? Did you use one to get away after sneaking out of the house at night? Share your adventure with the rest of us.