Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray – Freedom Ride

Days before the remembrance and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., members of Black kids on bikes and Treats and Beats, two LA bike groups, received a Facebook invite to the MLK Parade Ride with a stern reminder to meet at the corner of King and Normandie at 9am, with an added note “and this don’t mean we off that CP Time!” Well, I’m already pretty militant, so when you tell me 9am, I’m there at 8:30am, which means I’ll be hanging with the crickets before everyone starts to trickle in. It wasn’t too shabby though, I got to film the incoming of every one rolling in on their sweet rides, from cruisers to fixies. For the most part everyone arrived by 9am and we actually had a lot more down time before the parade started to pass around hugs and get to know each other better.

I’m on the invite list for this event because not only do I consider myself a freedom rider in my own right, but I think I officially can call myself a Black Kids on Bikes – Freedom Rider after a couple more rides. I’m on my 3rd ride, and I think once you do five you’re IN for commitment’s sake I guess, and only after a special initiation process. Kidding, there isn’t any initiation; well at least I don’t think so. Guys? Before finding BKOB, I had been reading up on other bike groups and doing some ride-hopping trying to find the right group to mesh with. I remember Jeremy Swift talking about this ride a couple of years ago. First time I met him was at the Bikestyler Customs shop, when we (iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA) featured them on PLANET PROGRESS in our transportation topic, and I fell in love with his work, style and the way his words carried his passion.

Jeremy Swift along with Pedro Balugo and James Spooner organize Black kids on bikes every last Sunday of the month with different routes taken every time. This ride has a heart pulsating within a body of true riders. Not in it to get drunk or cause a ruckus, but for the simple pleasure of enjoying a bike-ride on a Sunday afternoon. (read more)

Check out the video from the MLK Parade and read more by visiting iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA’s Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray blog: http://indigoprojectmedia.com/news/blogs/wheelin-and-dealin/

Commuting by Bike in Los Angeles: A New Year Resolution

by Saray Deiseil

(Local inspiration)

For the past few years, I’ve been commuting to work and running errands by bike, and let me tell you what an exhilarating and liberating feeling it is to have my form of transportation be a human-powered two-wheeled beauty! I know many of you are still juggling your New Year’s resolution and figuring out what will stick, so how about you make your resolution to improve your quality of life. Become more environmentally friendly, get to know your city, meet new people, exercise more and become stress free. What a wonderful all-encompassing resolution, right? You can get all that just by riding a bicycle and not only making it a recreational activity, but also a form of transportation to get from a to b in a flash.

Here are some benefits to riding a bicycle:

Pollute less

If you think about it, getting out of your car will be a true gift to yourself and our ozone, which is much needed in Los Angeles as we’re ranked #1 in unhealthy ozone pollution, #3 in year-round particle pollution and #4 in short-term particle pollution, based on reports from the State of the Air. Pretty gross right! We’re threatening our very own survival, so it’s time we think twice about our actions and the consequences they have on our health and environment. Here’s the first baby step you can take: avoid a measly 10 miles of driving every week and in return you can feel good about eliminating approximately 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year and plus you’ll reduce traffic, which is nice when you’re riding on busy streets.

Shed pounds

Shedding pounds and becoming fit is probably on almost everyone’s New Year’s resolution. So, why not make it fun to lose weight…. (read more)

Read more by visiting iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA’s Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray blog: http://indigoprojectmedia.com/news/blogs/wheelin-and-dealin/

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