Highlight the fact that your ride is human-powered. Better yet, use your bicycle to help direct energy toward the good of the community.
What to Do Right Now
Donate. Support a black-owned business. Protest. Say their names. Talk to your family about racism. Deliver supplies to protesters by bike. Educate yourself on the effects systemic racism has on individuals and society as a whole. Sign a petition.
In Addition to the Above Actions Consider Doing the Following
Deliver needed supplies to people, or do a ride-by visit to someone who’s feeling isolated. Repair or beautify something. Fix a friend's bike. Help out without expectation of acknowledgment or pay. Pick up trash. Plant a tree. Paint a mural. Deliver notes of gratitude. Leave change in a vending machine. Sanitize something. Write chalk messages. Call your mom. Clean the bike lane. Save something from the trash. Leave your phone at home and read a book. Hug a tree. Pull someone’s weeds. Stand up against injustice. Celebrate something good. Deliver fresh bread to a friend. Tell a joke. Breathe. Smile at people through your mask.
Need some inspiration? So much good has been done by bike in Portland. And Dan Kaufman has documented it! Check out his Two Wheels Good playlist on youtube!
AND/OR make a donation to one of these orgs:
Community Cycling Center's World Bicycle Day - a campaign that will directly support their COVID adapted Community Bike Drive events where youth from low-income backgrounds receive a bike and helmet of their own!
The CCC is also in need of kids and adult bike donations! To donate a bike, contact the shop first to arrange for a drop-off time (503-2878786).
Today's hashtags: #PedalpaloozaPDX, #TwoWheelsGood