“Bicycles will save the world.” –Susan Handy, UC Davis Environmental Science & Policy
How poignant this Rush song is today. It was written in 1985 when greed was being institutionalized in America. I grew up a confused child in a troubled world.
After high school I worked as a roofer. I started college. At 21, I drove an 18 wheeler around America the beautiful, and epic Canada too. But it was the bicycle–rediscovered at the age of 22 when I realized the car could not save me and was too expensive for me to operate anymore–that changed me. It was a tool that helped me learn Emerson’s Self-Reliance from the inside by living it. It’s not easy, and I don’t know where this journey is taking me, but it is a fun ride.
What if our next President charged the country with cycling more? Make a difference, bike more. We don’t need everyone to ride, we simply need to support people that are out there cycling right now and encourage people that will. Especially our youth, and young at heart.
If you’re feeling cynical during this election cycle I recommend cycling more. It builds us up and connects us to the greater world. I would also recommend voting. We have to make our effort and let go of factors beyond our control. We can only dictate our own effort. And it works.
2012 was a pivotal moment on my cycling journey when Joe Shannon, Flagstaff Cycling’s Pedaler in Chief, gave me an opportunity to race again, build a team and smooth out my pedal stroke. We keep growing the movement and spreading the word. What if the next President of the U.S.A. embraced this new title, Pedaler in Chief, and built a team with all Americans and World Leaders? Who knows, maybe big money can help more too. Let’s ask.
Check out Dr. Handy’s research here: http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/
Joe’s team is linked here–
Cycling joins together disciplines: UC Davis’s Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior