SmArt House/Field Institute Bike Skills Rodeo - 4.10.18
When I was growing up, a bike was a treasured thing. It was the first real sign of independence. I could go a lot more different places without having to be taken there by my parents or my friends' parents.
It meant that I was trusted to be safe and trusted to know where I was going and how to get back home.
And there is no more exhilarating feeling than that first ride without training wheels or a supporting hand on the seat.
As it so happens, we were witness to that very thing happening to one of our young SmArt Housers earlier this month!
This young lady started the day out adamantly refusing to consider riding without training wheels, but by the end of the 2-hour bike skills rodeo, was riding out with considerable confidence! (Stopping other than just falling over remained a bit of a mystery, but c'mon.)
The brainchild of our wonderful volunteer Betsy Martinez, SmArt House has committed to making sure that every SmArt Houser that wants a bike will have a bike (and helmet). The community has been incredibly generous in donating used bikes to us -- and Gearing Up has been wonderful in helping us with repairs at only the cost of parts.
And of course, when you have a bike, the next thing you want to do is to ride!
And ride we did!
A bike is a wonderful, useful, magical thing when growing up. It's sad that they're often quickly eclipsed by cars. But many in adulthood return to bikes, with pleasure.
In the meantime, a big celebration to SmArt House's successful launch of its bike program and its partnership with Field Institute of Taos!