After, we biked around to finish up a few errands before I left.
Emily is the infamous mama with six kids and one giant bike--@1lessgmsurburban in the Twitterverse. Her story blew up the Internet and made news all over the world, receiving admiration as well as quite a bit of flack from both the biking and non-biking world. At first I brushed off her story (as people kept sending it to me over and over and over) but the more I started seeing her personality come out in the comment section to the naysayers, the more I began to admire her and like her. Today, I got to see that she is just as amazing as her story makes her out to be and even more so.
We got together at her house with Kath of @kyouell and Madi of @familyride. I was in awe to be around such a great group of biking mamas. We could have held our own Women's Biking Summit and changed the world (in fact, I'm pretty sure we did). Emily got her huge boom box (held onto her giant bike in a bungeed laundry basket) and we rocked to a local bakery and park where the kids ran out their yayas.
I don't think I could ever fully do this afternoon's ride justice with words so I'm hoping the photos help. To be around Kath, Madi, and Emily was to feel as if our little slice of bikey heaven could change the world. People stopped, stared, and whipped out their cameras. Jaws dropped as we passed, cheers were yelled, and thumbs up all around. One hipster dad said "and I thought we were rad..." another mom leaned out her window shouting "Babes, babies, and bikes! Right on!" It was surreal. Emily is a force of nature, everything that we do on our own but multiplied by a million. Unfortunately, that also means that the flack she receives is pretty intense, mainly from anonymous Internet bullies. However to see her in real life, rocking out, singing, yelling at her kids, and cheering on passing bikers. We became invisible behind her crowd.
I feel like biking has opened up this huge world of amazing people doing amazing things. I would have never met these fantastic women and felt a part of the "cool crowd" had I not made the leap out of my car and onto a bike. We all agreed that the only way to really get more moms on bikes is just to ask them to join us and go riding together. It's actually that simple. No charts, no studies, no advertising, just take your friend for a ride and show them what they're missing by being sealed up in a car.