Springtime in Providence

Since our last update, both Dallas and I have been keeping ourselves incredibly busy.  I wish I had been keeping up more frequently with blogging, since I think each of these paragraphs really deserve their own blog entry.  Alas, I will cram everything into one long post – sorry!

bike repair stand at Burnside Park

bike repair stand at Burnside Park

May was Bike Month, and we had great weather to accompany the many bike-related events that were planned around Providence.  Dallas and I, along with Matt Moritz from the RI Bicycle Coalition, gave a presentation on bicycle touring at AS220 as part of a bike speaker series for the month of May.  Bike-to-Work Day was on Friday, May 16th.  Mayor Angel Taveras announced the installation of three bike repair stands around the city, which Dash was instrumental in implementing.  On a ride to photograph all of the stands a few days ago, however, I noticed that some have already been vandalized.  Does anyone have suggestions on how to effectively prevent theft and destruction of the bike tools or is this tragedy of the commons inevitable?

Hiking the Appalachian/Long Trail in Vermont with Hannah and John

Hiking the Appalachian/Long Trail in Vermont with Hannah and John

On Memorial Day weekend, I was invited to go along to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont with Hannah, the daughter of my dad’s coworker, John.  It was part of Hannah’s senior project and I was needed to confirm that she actually did the hike.  Much to my dismay, it rained on us during 3 of our 4 days of hiking, but it was still a beautiful escape from the city.  We met a few people who were hiking the whole Long Trail, and some that were hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.  I learned that those hikers have trail names that they earn somehow, and I enjoyed hearing their stories about other strangers and obstacles they encountered along the way.

Moving by Bike

Moving by Bike

On June 1st, Dallas and I moved into an apartment just a few blocks away from our previous sublet, taking the place of Liza and Tyson, a couple of pedicabber friends who moved to Newport.  Without a car, we completed our entire move by bicycle and on foot.  My friend Tony was kind enough to let me borrow a bike trailer (and a bike to hitch it to) for the heavy stuff.  We now have a lovely roommate, Perry, and a dog, Mani!

As we near the summer solstice, the MS bike ride quickly approaches.  I have not been pounding people with e-mails asking for donations like I have in the past, so am way behind in my fundraising goals.  I’ll share my fundraising link here if you’d like to donate, but just as important are volunteers to help make the event run smoothly.  If you live locally and have any free time the weekend of June 21st-22nd (or the Friday before that), please consider volunteering.  It’s a fun event and one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the MS Society.

If anyone in Providence is looking for something fun to do this Friday night, RIBike is hosting a dinner and bikes event at 655 Hope Street from 7-10pm.  Check out the facebook event for details

 

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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