Bike Peace

This post is dedicated to our coworker Michelle, who rode her bike to work in the pouring Chicago rain this morning.  We thinks she’s nuts…but kinda want to be just like her.

There are tons of YouTube clips that show crazy bike tricks and awe-inspiring rides.  However, these films rarely capture the essence of riding a bike as adeptly as this, Andrea Dorfman’s Thoughts on My Bike.  The film’s narrative poem articulates that magical “wind-in-your-hair” feeling of freedom that takes years off our spirits and brings joy to our hearts.  It’s a feeling that’s not just for neighborhood kids – I’ve found more joy in bike riding as a grown up in a city than I ever did in a cul-de-sac.

Whether or not you agree with Dorfman’s view of the economic and climactic challenges that current and future generations face, you cannot argue with her assertion that a bike ride truly is therapy in motion, a place of new appreciation for the world around you and a source for inner peace.  So, before winter brings its winds and its chills

Let’s dust off our bikes, put our wheels to the ground
Let’s take to the streets; let’s make our hearts pound

Excerpt from Thoughts on My Bike

There’s something we can do too; we can go outside
And experience the world not from a car but from a bike ride
Let’s dust off our bikes, put our wheels to the ground
Let’s take to the streets; let’s make our hearts pound

When you’re riding your bike through the city you’ll see
The lipstick smiles and the birds high up in that tree
You’ll smell the frankfurters frying and the hot coffee brewin’
You’ll feel the mist on your face as the storm starts a stewin’

Biking will make you feel alive; it will make your heart sing;
It will make you want to do absolutely every single thing
You can do make sure that the earth you love is free
From the fate of horrible human catastrophe

If feeling alive isn’t enough; I’ll tell you right now
You’ll also receive a gift that will unfurrow your brow
It’s the answer to your puzzle that keeps you up all night long
The ending to your story, the words to your song

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