August 8, 2011

Wheels around the World

By Anna | 3 Comments »


This past Saturday I participated in a charity ride for the Civitan International Research Center located at UAB. I was asked to give a bicycle safety briefing before we left, particularly emphasizing how to ride over railroad tracks. The route was on roads with a few unused and thus terribly weathered tracks that have caused the downfall of several experienced riders, so we were all very nervous about children and more novice riders going over them. If you have yet to experience riding over tracks, then remember this: RIGHT ANGLES

Thankfully no-one fell, and I had a great time riding with some new faces while raising money for research on Autism and other developmental disorders. There was one funny moment for me: before the ride started a girl in athletic style clothes looked at me in my dress and said something to the effect of “You’re not riding in that, are you?!”, to which I replied “Every day!”. This was a short leisurely ride around downtown, and I thought it was so funny that someone thought that exercise clothing must be worn. Changing perspectives one day at a time, right?

They’re hoping in the future to have this event on a national level, coordinated by local Civitan chapters, so be on the lookout for a similar event in your area. Enjoying a ride while supporting people in need, for any reason, is so rewarding!


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  1. On August 8th, 2011 Steve A said:

    Did she not realize that athletic clothes are whatever you are wearing when you do athletic stuff? A cocktail dress would have been a bit over the top, however.

  2. On August 9th, 2011 Courtnee said:

    Thanks for the railroad tracks tip! I wobbled over tracks at home–pretty scary.

  3. On August 10th, 2011 ben said:

    Very nice event and volunteering. Hopefully I will join some community riding events soon, especially as my kids are getting old enough to do them with me.

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