Sunday, September 19, 2010
Abby rode-community profile
I was for a bike ride to a local farmers market yesterday. I was meandering through old neighborhoods I serendipitously connected paths with a long time cycling neighbor, Abby.
One of the greatest things about walking, biking, or taking mass transit, it allows people to interact if they choose to and promotes a healthier community.
I first met Abby 10 years ago. I would see her riding in the Prairie Village area, sometimes alone, sometimes with her father. I had just started the car-free life, and I was bicycling for the majority of my transportation needs. I noticed they dressed in regular clothes, comfortable shorts with cotton t-shirts and they never seemed to be in a hurry. They always seemed happy and content while riding. I remember thinking how special their time together must be. Father and daughter, bicycling though the wilds of Kansas City, exploring, talking, engaging in life, how cool.
We had a great conversation and Abby became more than just a passing snapshot on the road. Chatting about everything from our jobs, to the types of bikes we like to ride, to learning she sometimes commutes to work on her bike from the Waldo area to downtown KC. Married, with two kids I thought it great she incorporates alternative transportation into her life.
It was good to finally connect with Abby.
See you on the road! Peace.