As Guinevere and I were walking along, I heard music behind me. At first I thought it was a car with an open window but when I turned to look, I saw what looked like a parade of bikes. But unlike most parades that include bikes, many of the bikers had carts attached to their bikes or they had kid carriers – all filled with toilet paper, paper towels, diapers and other “essentials”. There were probably about 30 bikers and they were all very friendly. Guinevere and I stood and watched as they all went by.
It didn’t take long for me to find information on like. Brian Boyer started Bikes & Bites this summer after the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest that followed. It was clear that supplies were needed in the affected areas, as well as in the homeless camps in the city parks. So he combined donating essential items with his love of biking. Initially it was just one or two bikers with a handful of folks purchasing extras when they did their shopping. Since August, it was clearly expanded to the bike parade that I witnessed.
This kind of thing keeps a little of glimmer of hope alive for me during this awful year.
Any new organizations that you’ve seen pop up in 2020?