Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Urbana Bike Project Empowers With Two Wheels

Carl from The Bike Project in Urbana, IL in the Shop
So we played a great music series put on by the Folk and Roots Festival in Urbana, IL. The venue was the Independent Media Center which is committed to independent and free media in all forms. It's an inspiring collection of artists, activists, and dreamers of all kind in a repurposed post office.

After the show, I was talking to Carl who seemed to like the music, because that's what he was talking about, when the topic shifted to cycling. Pretty soon he was walking me downstairs to the Bike Project. Carl was passionate about the empowerment of people through the freedom of movement, specifically by bike. He and a whole host of other like minds created a bike shop that would not only provide affordable bikes, but also lend tools and skills to those who want to learn to fix their own bikes.

Harrisonburg, where I live, has a similar project run out of Our Community Place. Maybe every town should have one!

Brian Dickel, contemplating cycling and the upright bass at The Bike Project

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