Every time we hop on our bikes and explore town, we are always on the lookout for people who demonstrate a unique connection with their bicycle. This week we have connected with several exciting cyclists and groups who will be featured in our En Bici project. In the coming weeks will be following these folks on their journeys--filming them, mapping their travels, and interviewing them.
ROSALBA a.k.a. DOG WHISPERER
We found Rosalba after chasing a pack of beautiful white dogs for several blocks on my bike. Rosalba can be found on her small pink bike 7 days a week. Always following her is her beloved gang of Huskies. They are attentive to her every move, and even when she goes grocery shopping they wait outside. This coming Saturday we will be biking with Rosalba and her parade of dogs.
The Martín family is a local legend of sorts. They custom build all of their bicycles at home and outfit them with lights, bells, whistles, sound systems, etc. We first met the family when they passed us at the Ciclovía on a Sunday, blasting Michael Jackson songs. They are a colorful, vibrant group that turns heads all over the city. This coming Sunday we will be joining the family on their ride and interviewing them.
Laura is a local storyteller and avid biker that works at Enchúlame La Bici. This local bike workshop takes old bikes and builds human power machines out of them. They also repair bicycles and provide free bike repair workshops for the community. We will be interviewing and riding with Laura on Monday and meeting with the folks at the workshop.
PASEO A CIEGAS
We met the director of Paseo a Ciegas after following a tandem bike for several blocks back to their organization's main tent at the weekly city-wide biking event. Paseo a Ciegas is an organization that provides blind people the opportunity to ride all over the city on tandem bikes with a volunteer guide in front. The guide directs the bike and narrates what they are seeing. The group was all smiles when we asked if we could join them for our project!