Who inspired whom? I’m not sure I can answer that question. Today, on Bike to Work Day in San Diego County, I had the pleasure of riding to UCSD to speak with a class of “society and advertising” students. The professor tasked me with sharing real-world examples of my work to give their theoretical practice perspective.
Yesterday I gave my first presentation on how to use Facebook. But this was not a traditional social media presentation. My audience had never used Facebook before. Not only had they never used Facebook before, but most of them had never heard of Facebook. Also, they only spoke Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish.
When most people see painted, paved streets, they inherently think: cars. When the San Diego Bike Coalition and Mixte see painted, paved streets, we think: bikes. And for the first time ever in San Diego, cars were removed from a 5.2-mile route of neighborhood roads and handed over to those who wish to enjoy the community in other ways. And boy, was it fantastic.
Well, I am exhausted. But just alive enough to write a blog post to tell you exactly why I’m exhausted. This morning at 6:30 a.m. Jamie and I met on the Ocean Beach bike path to begin our journey northward for Oceanside. I been longing to do a distance ride and become a better cyclist, but we were also on another mission.