My favorite group-initiated event so far is deciding to go to Slow Roll on Monday. Slow Roll is a weekly bike ride through different Detroit communities. The meeting place changes each week, and this week it was at a pub near downtown. We followed Liza as she navigated the busy downtown streets for us as David trailed behind going through a "range of emotions", a little unsteady riding a bike for the first time in several years. We arrived to rows and rows of parked bikes and hundreds of people registering and enjoying a beer before the event. Feasting on huge yummy pretzels, we fueled up before lining up behind as many bikes as the eye could see, probably about 1,000 of us of all different ages and bike types. Babies in roller baskets behind their moms and dads, 1 man on an elliptical trainer bike, many people with big boom boxes, and everyone with big smiles on their faces. The Slow Roll started off true to its name, as we began to move, we all rolled so slowly that you had to put your feet down to not tip over, but then we were off and cruising! As we passed by neighborhood houses, everyone and their grandma was outside and waving to us. Next week, I'm going to send out an email to all of NextEnergy to invite them to join Chris and me. This event showed me how fun and free riding a bike can be, and I'm definitely going to take more advantage of it in these last 4 weeks.
As I continue to spend more time here, I want to learn more about Detroit and the people that live here. I've learned the most from going out into the community with the group, meeting with co workers and even just talking to Uber drivers. I know if I continue to get out in the community, I'll get the chance to meet some really cool people.