Mobilians on Bikes, a local bicycle community in Mobile, AL supports many rides throughout the year. One such ride is an easy ride to the Saturday morning farmers market in downtown Mobile. I fully believe things like farmers markets, where buyers and sellers get to know each other, build stronger communities. They also help keep money local. So those turnips you just bought, you can feel good that the financial exchange will have a more positive financial impact than a purchase made at a national chain. Bikes perform similarly in that they build stronger communities because they foster more interaction between people in the community and the cheap transportation keeps more money in folks’ pockets to spend locally. A cyclist is not behind steel and glass and therefore has to interact with the sounds, smells, and small details that you’d miss if you were in a car. Here’s an example, on our way down to the farmers market we ran into a breast cancer awareness and benefit walk. As cyclists, we were privy to the conversations and sounds of the walk and we could easily talk to the walkers as we waited for a gap to get through.
Along the ride down each one of us is able to enjoy the details in sight, sound and smell of the neighborhoods we pass through. When we get to our destination at Cathedral Square we are all treated to sunshine, neighbors, and local produce and artisans. The combination is a real asset to building a positive, interconnected community and is something I love to support. All the while we are getting our bodies moving, soaking up some rays, and producing those nice endorphins created from the physical activity combined with good friends and neighbors. What is not to like about that?