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A Holiday Wish For All

Happy Holidays from Triangle Bikeworks

A Mile Marker Newsletter

SpokenRev Road Cyclists
Also This MonthTour Planning

It’s dang near Dead Winter and I know most of you aren’t thinking about summer. But we are. This is the time we start planning what we’re gonna do and where we’re gonna go.

Yeah, COVID-19 is still raging around the country but we still gotta have a plan. Nothing’s quite nailed down for the destination in 2021 but it’s going to be amazing.

Some ideas push us south, then west. Other ideas have us start in the south and move north and to the east. Whatever route we choose we want it to focus on Black and Hispanic history. We’re still percolating on the theme but for sure, we’ll be ready for this summer’s virtual tour. Keep an eye out for that.

As a matter of interest, those three things; summer, doing, and going remind me of a very special person in the Triangle Bikeworks family: Fernando Sanchez

TYMBR Wolves Mountain Biking

One Battle Won

Last month I clued you in on our petition to have a mountain biking team under the umbrella of the North Carolina league of NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling League). I’m happy to update that after a renewed conversation we were granted Composite Team status and registered the TYMBR Wolves as a NCICL team!

It’s the first step in our goal to introduce mountain biking to a broader audience that will have the joy and beauty of riding trails while experiencing positive mentoring, cognitive development, and boosts in confidence. Also, in our small way, we’ll be adding our voices to those who are calling for the values of diversity and inclusion to be realized in the sport of mountain biking.

You can help us with the next step: Raising money to support the team.

We want to introduce 20 BIPOC youth to the sport of mountain biking. It’ll be an interesting hill to climb as the cost to play on the field of organized youth cycling is high. But with your help we can do this!

$350 is all it takes to invest in one youth to obtain confidence through cycling, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities throughout the year.

Whether it’s $10 one time, per month, or $100 even. Your investment allows Triangle Bikeworks to empower youth to conquer fear, achieve audacious goals, and discover who they really want to be. #bikingsmysport

https://spokenrev.org/bridgethegap

We’re reaching youth who are rediscovering a love for biking, self-discovery, and adventure.

COVID-19 has seriously curtailed physical activities and social interactions with peers; those who were vulnerable before are even more so, now.

Triangle Bikeworks relieves some of the pressures of the pandemic by providing outdoor, socially distanced, activities where youth can feel a sense of normalcy as they adapt to this new normal for the next six months to a year.

Riding, weekly check-ins, and friendly familiar faces is what’s making a difference.

Spotlight on Fernando Sanchez

Fernando, affectionately known as Fern, has been a member of the Triangle Bikeworks family since his sophomore year in high school. He discovered TBW as a freshman through a presentation in his English class.

He was drawn by the genuine appeal for youth to get involved in adventure cycling. And the idea of biking and camping sounded awesome to him!

His first tour was the 2013 Bikes, Blues & Soul, cycling along the Mississippi River Trail from New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO. It was the last of Triangle Bikeworks’ epic 30-day tours. Fern draws strength from his experience of cycling 30 days without voluntarily getting into the van. He remembers pushing himself to succeed and bike every mile the whole time. It was incredible for him to feel that he could do something like that.

“It is very eye-opening to be able to go to different parts of the country especially if you don’t have the opportunity to do it (on your own). It’s amazing to see different places that you’re not used to, and experience different cultures around the country. There’s so much diversity ”

Fern finds it important to “Do something that you know that it’s only you pushing yourself to finish, instead of having to rely on anybody else. We ride as a team but when you’re cycling, that’s your own mental and physical abilities going at work.”

Fern loves riding his bike.

His biggest challenge on that first tour was the proximity to everyone. He knew it was something he needed to work through. Something he needed to get used to. His remedy was being outdoors, cycling, camping, and enjoying nature.

“It taught me a lot about leadership and becoming the person that I am. Not being afraid to venture out into something new… in the end, it’s only you that’s going to push yourself forward.”

Since he’s graduated, Fern has never left our side. He’s been our trusted SAG driver for over four years taking time off from school and work to give back in the best way he knows how. Making sure youth like him have the best experience possible.

“Its amazing to see how close everyone gets by the end of the tour. And it’s the same for every trip. It’s so great to see that. I still see it. I still see everyone grow together.”

“The experience itself is once in a lifetime and an experience that you want to have.”

Remember, Remember, the 8th of November

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Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)

A Mile Markers Newsletter

Remember, Remember, the 8th of November!

It was 3:00 PM and it was time to head home. The Spoke'n Revolutions team was in C.W. Herndon Park just a couple of miles along the East Coast Greenway beyond Southpoint Mall.

FUN FACT: Herndon Park was the departure point of our 2015 Gullah Geechee Cultural

Heritage Corridor tour. I ushered Sabe to go ahead and lead us out of the park. I mounted my bike and immediately realized my butt was sore! Spending an hour in a hammock sleeping allowed me to forget our ride had started in Carrboro at 7:30 AM. I wondered if anyone else was feeling discomfort.

Sunday, November 8th, was a perfect day to take a ride around the Triangle! With the onset of the pandemic we ceased all operations first, then moved to virtual meetings before landing on one-on-one rides with the youth. Adjusting and refining along the way.

After much planning and excitement we gathered at 6:15AM with seven of the 14 youth currently in our two fall programs. That's a lot to ask of someone on a Sunday morning that

may normally entail sleeping-in until 11AM. For that alone, Itza and I were overjoyed. The other fact was the youth were also excited and ready to go! OK, it was to be expected, to a degree.

There were so many things going for this moment: Amazing weather to be outside: It wasn't cold and the day's high was 78

  • We hadn't gathered as a team in MONTHS
  • We were gonna RIDE further than 20 miles

Supporting us was a super team of volunteers. Fern reprised his role as the top-notch support

driver. His years of experience being a team member himself for three tours and supporting the teams for an additional four makes him one of the best persons in this role.

Joining for the first time as ride leaders were two additions to the Triangle Bikeworks Family: Karla and Khristopher. The three of them joined Itza and me to form a circle of protection and support for the youth that day. The ride encompassed cycling from our headquarters in

Carrboro to Downtown Durham along the East Coast Greenway and relax at a park. Then head back to complete a 43.16 mile day. Everyone’s longest ride since the start of the pandemic.

We set off to discover history by taking a bike tour of murals in the great city of Durham. Along the way we'd uncover some things hidden in plain sight. While some murals laid out the history of Durham, others had deeper meaning for the artists, themselves. But they all commemorated the people and struggles that were overcome to make the city what it is today. After the tour we ate a socially distanced lunch on the American Tobacco Campus which was new for us. But the bonds of friendship surmounted the distance between us.

After lunch, we stopped at Herndon Park. There was no fanfare this day. Just a moment of rest

and the simplicity of hanging out with friends. As we split off to either snack, play Frisbee, or take a nap in the hammocks, a normal day at the park enjoying the beautiful weather was our reward.

Having arrived there under our own power.

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A New Convert

Hey,

Last month I spoke with you about Nathan's miraculous 77 mile run. I'm still in awe of that event and the experience of being a part of something so wonderful.

Nathan had just taken off to complete the Fastest Known Time of Segment 10 of the Mountains to Sea Trail. An epic run of 77 miles! With the excitement of the moment over we stood with nothing to do and settled into that awkwardness. A few team building exercises later we began walking back to our vehicles. It was the first time we were all together as a team since the start of the pandemic. What I didn't tell you about that day was the conversation I had with a member of our team, William, a second year youth cyclist in our Spoke'n Revolutions program.

When William joined the team in 2019 in anticipation of riding along the Mississippi River on the Bikes, Blues, & Big Muddy tour, he was the quietest individual you'd ever have met. During our tour education sessions, he was prone to laying his head on the table. It was hard to tell if it was due to lack of interest or fatigue. Could have been both. And please, don't ask him a question that required engagement. You'd be lucky to get an "It doesn't matter" or "I don't know," or some other response that wouldn't seem even worthy of the time it took to ask in the first place. But that's how it is sometimes. And it's always worth the time to ask the question. No matter what response you get. Getting a response is the accomplishment. But, I digress.

"Do you know how I got here?", William asked me.

"I don't," I told him.

"I drove," he said.

I looked at him, giving away that I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This young man was growing up right before my eyes. He then told me about his car. Not the one he was driving but the one he was about to get. He was excited and proud. I was happy for him. We were discussing a few more details of the soon-to-be "new to him" car, such as, the year, make, and model, when David walked up. And just like that they started talking about other topics that interest them at their age, and I was no longer relevant.

It dawned on me as the sun continued to rise that morning that William had blossomed. He had transitioned from a quiet, keep-to-himself teen, to a confident, comfortable-to-be-speaking-to-an-adult young man.

On my drive home I wondered: was that transformation the result of the Spoke'n Revolutions program or the new TYMBR Wolves mountain biking program that he loves so much? Humility is my friend, so I presume nothing and make very few claims. There are many factors that incorporate to make a person who they turn out to be. In this instance, though, William's mother confirmed it.

"This program has been so wonderful for him," she said, just before thanking Itza and me as she picked him up from our latest team activity.

That makes me feel proud.


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Mile Markers – How Much A Dollar Cost

How Much A Dollar Cost

A Mile Markers Newsletter
Also This MonthVirtual Bike Tour Update

Hey,

Last time we updated you on status of the videos was in September. OMG, I’m still working on the final two! I promise you, they’re coming.

If you didn’t know, the first two days are published and you can view them here: https://spokenrevolutions.org/guge-tod

You Voted. We Felt Supported

The campaign for local ended with a success! Ten of our great local nonprofits were given the opportunity to receive an advertising grant from WCHL.

You helped us make a good run of it. We came from #29 to #12! We couldn’t have done that without your support, encouragement, Love, and quick fingers.

It was nice to see an election where you were encouraged to vote more than once and it was OK. We’re happy to land at #12 because we think we’re great, you think we’re great, and we run a great program for the youth in our community.

Thank you for being there for us when we needed you. Just like you are for the kids.

Leveling the Playing Field of Mountain Biking

Since its conception Triangle Bikeworks has wanted to form a team with the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League. That dream was set aside when I assisted in the heavy lift of getting the league started and becoming successful. We’ve never given up on the goal of introducing youth of color in our region to the sport of mountain biking.

Our goals are simple: to open the doors of possibility for physical and cognitive development that mountain biking offers to the segment of our population that is being left out.

The events of Wednesday, Oct 21, blew my mind. I woke extra early to meet a young man as he embarked on a personal journey of running the 77 miles of Segment 10 of the Mountains to Sea Trail. Nathan Toben was attempting to run that distance as the Fastest Known Time for that segment. I wasn’t aware this competition existed. Maybe you didn’t, either. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know Nathan before he contacted me at the beginning of summer.

Nathan reached out to me because he wanted to use a passion of Ultra Running to benefit Triangle Bikeworks. Nathan runs ultra distances. An ultra distance is typically any distance beyond 26.2 miles. Just before sunrise Me, Itza, the youth and volunteers of Triangle Bikeworks, watched Nathan as he ran off into the darkness.

Early reports of him reaching milestones were encouraging. At the 48 mile mark he was close to 30 minutes ahead of schedule. But as the afternoon wore on, and the heat of the day was beginning to reach it’s peak of 82, he began to suffer. The last few weeks of training weather had been cool. It became clear that this was not going to be an easy task even with all the preparations that were made. Additional reports of him losing electrolytes only increased my nail biting.

Nathan was putting his body on the line for the youth of Triangle Bikeworks. Sure, this was something he wanted, and was, going to do anyway. But I can’t help but think that during his run we were on his mind, driving him and adding to his purpose. There were many supporters he brought to this personal effort to reach his goal of raising $5,000 for the youth of Triangle Bikeworks. He surpassed that goal. I’m sure that fact also raised his spirits and kept him going. I can only imagine what was going through his mind as he pushed passed his pain to continue on. And once he’s rested I plan to ask him.

I don’t know what was going through Nathan’s mind as he ran. I see his pushing through to make every step count for every dollar donated the same as your daily grind to make a hard earned dollar. In turn, you make the choice to donate to Triangle Bikeworks. I am just as in awe of you as I am of Nathan.

For Nathan, every minute mattered, every second counted. Your time, as precious as it is, can sometimes be quantified in dollar amounts. We are humbled that you share your precious time to invest in the youth of Triangle Bikeworks.

Nathan finish the 77 mile run in a (unofficial) record time of 12hrs 23mins 24secs.

Innovating and Moving Forward

COVID-19 is a heavy thought. When I think deeply on it the sheer number of people affected, infected, and have died from the virus can be overwhelming. Me and Michelle continue to take

precautions to maintain our safety. I hope you are, as well. With this going

on so long it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of security and let your

guard down. DON’T.

Sabe Thumbs Up

If you find you’re going a little stir crazy cause you can’t get out as often as you’d like

remember there are youth who also have this problem. We should be able to use our

wisdom, experience, and creativity to encourage them to get outdoors and be active!

Don’t forget you should be active, Too!

We continue to try and innovate for the youth. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts have started to burn the youth out.

But it’s one way we can get in front of them and have a conversation with teammates that’s not around too much structured education (But… just like good parents, we’ll slip in the education with the vegetables and they’ll learn something new before they know it)

I took a ride with David a few weeks ago and, as always, we had a great conversation.

We talked about his week of school, his new puppy (I don’t think he knows how big a Great Pyrenees gets). We also talked about how COVID is affecting him and his school work. It’s 360 degrees of challenges.

He spoke about how he’s affected. You can watch the video here.

Other youth have expressed similar affects of COVID. I mean, school was the great big event in a young person’s life. Now it’s reduced to a few hours online. In the same room. Of the same house. Around the same people. Every day.

At Triangle Bikeworks we’re committing ourselves to getting youth outdoors to break the monotony of their current daily lives. Even if it’s just an hour over the weekend. Thanks for being there to help us do our part.

September Mile Marker

Triangle Bikeworks Continues to Find Ways Forward

A Mile Markers Newsletter

SpokenRev Road Cyclists
Also This MonthMaixe (my-cee) worked with Itza as a summer intern from Z Smith Reynolds. She was extremely helpful in organizing processes with Itza. While she was with us we took the opportunity to poll our previous SnR Cyclists on their participation with SpokenRev.

Memories of 2012

Mahlique 2012

Mahlique 2010-2012
I’ve definitely learned a lot on the trip and I was able to go to states that I’ve never been able to go to before. The whole fact that we traveled through the states on bikes, not a car or a train or a plane, made it so much better.

I liked the fact that it’s free and we were able to travel as a participant with no cars. It was also neat that we built our own bikes so they weren’t thousand dollar bikes.

As a rider, we always push ourselves to not stop pedaling when you’re going up a hill and I wanted to quit but I didn’t, I made it to the top. It seemed like it would never end but it did once I got to the top.

We went to a house in Maysville, Kentucky that was like an Underground Railroad museum… I’ve never seen anything like that before. I didn’t even know that stuff really existed until I saw it with my own eyes… it wasn’t reading some pages out of a book that some dude mass produced.

Silly Moe

Virtual Bike Tour Update Hey Jo, Kevin here.Last time we updated you was in June. We’re not quite out of summer yet but the weather has been very interesting. One of my morning bike rides was during a cool 55*. Had to wear a JACKET. As a matter of fact, our friends in Colorado experience close to 100* temperatures one day and SNOW the next. Times they are definitely a changin’.

We had a successful “Virtual Bike Tour” of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Over 50 community members joined us each of the four days of the “tour”. Can you believe that?! We learned Untold History of the Gullah Geechee people from notable historians. Every day brought us something new and exciting to learn. If you weren’t able to attend due to scheduling or just want to revisit what you learned we’re uploading the videos on our website for community enrichment.

The specific link is https://spokenrevolutions.org/guge-tod

Innovating and Moving Forward

The youth continue to successfully ride one on one with myself and Itza. Sabe Thumbs Up

Please welcome our newest member to the family, Monica!

William is eager to test out the trails at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve.

Vote to Support a Local Nonprofit (Triangle Bikeworks):

Here’s your opportunity to give us $10,000 of someone else’s money! Spread the news, campaign to have people vote for us, and vote yourself. In this election you can vote as many times as you’d like. And I’m hoping you like us enough to vote at least 10 times. You could also put just a little in the kitty for the fund to grow… just a little.

Ten local nonprofit organizations will be chosen to receive advertising credit through the Campaign for Local Community Nonprofit Advertising Fund. Vote on any nonprofit organization as many times as you would like until midnight on September 25th (you may need to refresh your page or close the window and open it again). We know almost ALL of the nonprofits, just make sure you include us in the list of choices (just sayin’).

Mile Marker – 3 – Black History Month

Triangle Bikeworks mission is to enrich the mind, body and spirit of youth through trans-formative community, cultural and cycling experiences. Transforming lives. One revolution at a time.

New Website!

Check out Triangle Bikeworks new ride

Upcoming Events

Spring Excursions program. The three-day Triangle-wide tour centered on history and the environment. Youth now in training
Bikes & BarnyardsThe ultimate summer camp for youth who are 10-14. We’re now taking registrations. Early Bird discounts until March 1
Youth Bike SummitThe annual 3-day national conference bringing together youth, educators, advocates, researchers, policy makers and community leaders to share ideas, have their voice heard, and encourage civic engagement and advocacy. Location: Atlanta GA
Ice Cream Social Save the date:
May 17, 2020.

Triangle Bikeworks’ annual Ice Cream Social and family bike ride. If all goes right, this year the route is in shape of an ice cream cone!

Contact Us

117 W Main Street
Carrboro, NC
27510
(919) 408 7513

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Happy Black History Month!
Well, we hope you had a good month and was able to attend several celebrations.Of course, at Triangle Bikeworks, every day is a celebration of Black History.

Making Connections

One of the better joys felt is making connections. There’s a moment when you make correlations to things you had no idea were connected that’s special. For some of our youth who’ve traveled the Underground Railroad, both in 2011 and 2016, the name John Mercer Langston would be familiar to them. My dear friend, the late Dr. Olivia Cousins, traveled from her home in New York to host the youth in both years over the course of several days in the Langston home in Oberlin, OH.

In addition to them knowing that John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854, they would also learn he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio. In 1855, Langston became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America. All of it was new information for the young intrepid cyclists.

The connective moment was when they learned that John Mercer Langston was the great-uncle of Langston Hughes, a famed poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

I’m sure you know exactly when the moment of drawing a connection was for you. Whether you consider that moment explosive or a small pop, it was the moment that changed the trajectory of your life. And you were never the same afterward.

As a staunch supporter of Triangle Bikeworks, you provide opportunities for self-discovery that every youth needs in one of the most challenging and vulnerable times in their lives.

A time where they’re quietly asking Who Am I? and Who Do I Want To Be?

For this, we say Thank You!

Youth Perspectives

When Solomon participated in last summer’s Bike, Blues & The Big Muddy tour, he was calling back to the roots of popular American music. As usual, his pre-tour lessons centered on environmental concerns and ways to be more involved in the environmental movement. Personally, to be more conscientious about his consumption and disposal of trash and being a forward-thinking steward of the environment. He also had lessons in our “classroom” about the origins of Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, and current Popular music. As is the norm during our tours, we came across a museum dedicated to the particular city where we had stopped for lunch, Natchez, MS, and its importance to the region. Affording everyone additional opportunities to discover Hidden History.

Recently, we asked the youth to look back on the past year and reflect on their experiences. Solomon recounts his here.

Solomon content“In the past year too much has happened for me to explain it all. It was very exciting to be a part of SnR last year. The trip to Louisiana and back was the longest and farthest I had gone on a bike. I found the heat a great challenge that I was able to overcome. The museums we went to were awesome too, though I think my favorite was the Stax Museum. It really brought out the musician in me and encouraged me to pursue music even though I am at a disadvantage being African American. I also, just in general, had fun making new friends and sharing the experience with them.”

Given the fact that the thought came to Solomon while we were in a museum dedicated to African American inspired and created music, I was curious. I asked him about why he feels he’s “at a disadvantage being African American” when it comes to being a musician. He said that in his thinking he was referring to what’s considered classical music. I would agree, there is an under-representation of people of color in the classical music category. Less than 2% of musicians in American orchestras are African American, according to a 2014 study by the League of American Orchestras. Only 4.3% of conductors are black, and composers remain predominantly white as well.*

I’m glad he’s allowed the opportunity to continue having experiences that allow him to explore the world within and around him. Discovering who he is and who he really wants to be.

*https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2019/09/20/762514169/why-is-american-classical-music-so-white

Who powers Triangle Bikeworks? You Do!

It’s no secret that the strength and power behind Triangle Bikeworks are donors, like you. Our small staff is able to take youth on tours of self-discovery, hidden history, and environmental awareness because of your financial and in-kind contributions. As such, I would like to propose to you that, for a small amount each month, you can help ensure we have sustainable funds to provide our transformational programs to young people. Your dollars will immediately go to work in our afterschool or summer programming and our goal of reaching more youth to have the experience that transforms their life.

Why Give Monthly?

Becoming a Triangle Bikeworks monthly DriveChain donor means providing strong, steady funding that allows us to focus on what we do best, helping youth discover, engage and feel a sense of achievement.

What Will My Donation Do? A Great Deal!

$5 a month provides important safety equipment for our youth including helmets, lights, gloves, etc.
$10 a month prepares a bicycle in our fleet to be safe and road-ready for one of our youth.
$20 a month allows a middle school youth to find adventure with a Spoke’n Revolutions spring or fall after-school Excursions program.
$100 a month fully funds one youth to join the Spoke’n Revolutions summer experience.

We’d love for you to become a member of the DriveChain. Please follow this link to learn more. https://www.spokenrevolutions.org/_drivechain

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Triangle Bikeworks Finds A Way Forward ~ A Mile Markers Newsletter

Triangle Bikeworks Finds A Way Forward
A Mile Markers Newsletter
Also This Month

Memories of King 2 King 2014


Every tour we encourage the youth to keep journals. During our 2014 King to King tour we partnered with the Dream Team in Atlanta. Here is a journal entry from one of our veteran cyclists about her experiences.

Joanna
The last four days of the King 2 King tour have been a blast! I spent those days keeping up with the front of the group or at least trying to. Which I found astounding because we all manage to find a great pace for everyone. Those last days weren’t beaming HOT but I did get a funny tan line.

The final riding day was going into Washington, DC and onto the National Mall, which I loved because we either took (command of) the lane (bikes only, no cars beside us) or we were a long line of bikes which caught the attention of everyone. Seeing the expressions on their faces just made me smile. Like when we were crossing the Lincoln Memorial we passed by a large crowd of people and they began clapping for us. That has never happened before. Especially for our large group.

I found this tour to be very successful and I believe partnering with another youth team had to be one of the best ideas ever! I will miss the Dream Team, but I’m proud of SnR, too.

P.S. This was also my first time sleeping in a tent in a thunder storm. I loved it!

Spoke’n Revolutions Program Update Like most youth serving nonprofits we’re adjusting to what we’re all hoping is not the New Normal but it is definitely something New. The Stay-At-Home orders have certainly made us pause our everyday lives. And some reports show philosophers saying that’s a good thing.Triangle Bikeworks is making the best of it. When we’re on tour often strange and unexpected things happen that throw us off our game. We’re accustomed to adjusting on the fly. Our goal on tour is to keep everyone safe, sane, and happy. We don’t see this as any different.

Innovating

Even though we can’t gather as a team we are continuing our pre-tour learning through a book study. Ensuring we continue enriching the lives of young people. We’re really loving how our book study is going, so much so, that we have added book studies as part of how we engage in learning about untold history. We’ve already begun thinking of the next book: Angelou Ezeilo’s book, Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders.

Every Sunday, for the last four weeks, we’ve been getting together for a book study. The book we’re studying/reading now is Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Released in March 2020, it’s a collaboration of award winning author Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Reynold’s book is an adaptation of Kendi’s book Stamped from the Beginning. The book is for teens and young adults and serves to start a conversation among them about race and racism in America. Reynolds says,

“I think that we have a rare opportunity to give the historical context of how we made it here today. This is the definitive history of race in America from the 1400s to today. It isn’t about how to fix it per se. It’s just about contextualizing why it is the way it is.”

Do you have any books you’d recommend? Email your suggestions to ride

A Commitment To Do No Harm

Restorative practices has helped us intentionally build strong relationships and build community with our youth ensuring that we have the space to have open conversations where we can all learn from each other and grow.

Itza and Educational Designer, Michelle, are both trained in Restorative Practices which helps us ensure the children’s needs are met and we stay open to conversation.

Getting Back On The Road

After over two months of “hanging out” indoors the youth let us know they can’t wait to get back on the road. We can’t wait either so we’re quickly updating and adding new protocols to make that happen and ensure we minimize risks. I spoke to one parent and we discussed any concerns she had. After the conversation we developed a prototype practice ride and implemented a new protocol that allowed for one to one riding. Next we’ll meet with all parents to present our changes and hear them address any additional concerns. Ultimately, helping us create a comprehensive set of policies that will allow us to continue moving forward with training.

Happy Holidays from Triangle Bikeworks

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Helloooo,Happy Holidays from the staff of Triangle Bikeworks!

We hope you and your family have a great time, a quiet and rest filled break, and you bring the year to a close with a joyful bang. Thank you for providing the Spoke’n Revolutions youth a year of wonderful, life-changing experiences.

For Triangle Bikeworks, it was a year of changes, additions, and getting back to basics.

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Inspired stories from Spoke’n Revolutions Youth Cycling
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Our Culture

Replacing Broken Bricks

I got up from my desk to get coffee and there she was. Standing. I asked how things were going and she gave the usual response – good. I said the same. We’re not that much different. My asking how the baby was made her stop for a moment. Rolling the question around until she found the handle.

“Oh, you mean the BABY,” she said.

The last time I had saw her she was with a beautiful little baby boy. Her kids were grown, but not that grown, so I knew it wasn’t her baby or her grandchild. He couldn’t have been more than six or eight months and was extremely unhappy. That day I saw her neither was she.

My friend recounted the steps taken up to the moment of her caring for the baby and me seeing her that day. It raised an existential question, “How much…?” Not how much monetarily. That’s almost an easy equation to solve. Almost.

Picture yourself standing at a well serving glasses of water. Lots of people are thirsty and so are you but maybe not as much because you have a well. You’re able to dole out ounces at a time but you have to keep an eye on the bottom of the well so that you don’t see it. At a certain point before seeing the bottom you close the well. No one’s mad. It’s your well. You do what you want with it.

She looked at me. Wanting to say something knowing it would come out wrong. I’ve seen the look many times. The warmth of frustration encircling your brain when wrestling with a question that shouldn’t exist or a problem that shouldn’t have to be solved. Heart bursting with the incredulity of it all. “Why is this happening?” “How long can I keep this up?” “Am I wrong for thinking this?”
I wasn’t there to validate her feelings. I was just there. And I understood.

We stood together staring at the vast wall before us. Staring at the bricks that were each placed carefully. Deliberately. Some out of place just ever so slightly. Just enough to give the idea that it’s supporting the wall. A wall unusually high and abnormally long. Like a giant game of Jenga. Every faulty brick you remove you have to replace with a better brick. But it isn’t a game of Jenga, is it? Real people are affected by each “brick” you move or remove. People keep putting bricks out of place, too. Sometimes deliberately, sometimes not.

Natural disasters happen quickly. They ravage the land, do damage to structures, displace people. There’s a sort of a “finish line” to it all. You absolutely know when a building’s been repaired; a fallen tree removed; a person is no longer homeless. The work my friend and I do, along with many others, is not so… clean.

Unlike natural disasters, societal problems were created by people. And they’ve been creating walls and moving and removing bricks for a long time. A quote I recall when faced with some of the things that shouldn’t be is: “Never Attribute to Malice That Which Is Adequately Explained by Stupidity”. That works most of the time. Sometimes it’s just plain old malice. Facing malicious intent can be daunting and downright exhausting at times. I could say something quippy right about now. To wrap up the moment. But I don’t have anything.

We smiled at each other. Then laughed. “So, I’m fine,” she said. As if to say ’that was really deep, sorry’. But instead she said, “How about you?”

“I’m doing good,” I said.

And we went back to replacing and adjusting the bricks in the wall.

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