Let me extend my appreciation to Michael MacDonald. His community activism in Leimert Park directly led to improving my quality of life here in Los Angeles. His event, CicLAvia Feeder Ride, gave me the opportunity to effectively come out of seclusion and meet new cyclists here in Los Angelesâin my childhood and young-adult parts of Los Angeles.
This brother, pictured here, made my decade. He is 80 years old! It is great to see an elder moving around with vitality in a time and space that is ahead of mine. It is a most graceful and thoughtful message of reassurance of what is possible in future. I apologize for not getting/remembering his name but he started riding his bike around the year 2000. He sold his car and rides all the time. He is originally from the Southern United States where he did a lot of farm workâwhich kept him in shape! I donât demand any more community activism from this brother other than his very existence!
In full respect of this elderâs years, I still consider myself one of the oldest, native-born Los Angelinos to appear that day in Leimert Park. There is one brother I talked to at a BKoB event that is one year older than me and terrifyingly strong on a fixed gear bikeâbut (ahem) Iâm not sure that he is a native to Los Angeles, riding from Inglewood to Watts every day of his high school years.