“Bikes are never neutral! When the 606 first came about, I was thinking about it through the lens of gentrification, but as I have become a daily cyclist, the more I think that we should have nice things like bike lanes. We should have low-stress paths to ride and walk on. The association with hipsters and displacement has made it hard for bike lanes to come about for low-income communities of color without them being associated with gentrification. For example, there’s the bike-share program Divvy, and my friend calls them ‘gentrification bikes.’” From an interview with Lynda Lopez, Chicago-based transit activist, in conversation with Benjamin Good.
Illustration by @fanny.luor .
When we’re on the road, we love to visit other city parks - this past Sunday we found ourselves at Candler Park in ATL - congrats to @cpcatl for taking such great care of this gem - they even have a 9 hole golf course!
Ejercicio de oblicuo en la playa: con el cuerpo apoyado en un brazo y en una pierna, extiendan la otra pierna y sin bajarla, empujen una palma bien duro hasta que caigan cocos 🌴... No mentiras familia, nuestra propuesta es que donde sea que esten, intenten poner el cuerpo en movimiento, utilicen el peso corporal para hacer ejercicios de resistencia, y bueno, cuando se sientan más cómodos con esos ejercicios, añadan un poco de peso para variar la situación porque el cuerpo se acostumbra facilito a medida que lo vamos exigiendo. Yo debo confesarles que el último mes y medio he estado viajando bastante y no ha sido fácil incrementar mi nivel de entrenamiento, pero también les confieso que siempre encuentro la forma de por lo menos estar activo 4 ó 5 días por semana, y por eso disfruto tanto los espacios públicos, porque a parte de ser una forma de explorar lugares, me permiten evitar las típicas excusas que todos hemos tenido en algún momento: "ay no, no alcancé a ir al gimnasio...ay no, no tengo pesas...etc". Espacios públicos y calistenia=renovación mental y energética // Oblique exercise on the beach: with the body resting on one arm and one leg, extend the other leg and without lowering it, push hard a palm tree until coconuts fall ... Jk 😂, our proposal is that wherever you are, try to put your body in motion, use body weight to do resistance exercises, and well, when you start feeling too comfortable with these exercises, add a little weight to vary the situation because the body gets used to exercises easily. I must confess that the last month and a half I have been traveling a lot and it hasn't been easy to increase my level of training, but I also confess that I always find the way to at least be active 4 or 5 days a week, and that's why I enjoy public spaces and calisthenics, because apart from being a way to explore places, the allow me to avoid the typical excuses we all have had at some point, like "Oh shoot, I didn't make it to the gym today...I don't have weights at home...etc". Public spaces and calisthenics = mental and energy renovation.
Sunrise over the Merrimack, viewed from the new William Lloyd Garrison Trail. The trail, which opened to the public on October 18, 2018, is a pedestrian and bike path adjacent to I-95 North that connects Newburyport with its Northern neighbors Amesbury and Salisbury via the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge. The trail can be accessed from the Newburyport Park and Ride off Route 113; the intersection of Laurel and Ferry roads in Newburyport; the end of Old Merrill Road in Amesbury; and the intersection of Elm and Merrill streets at the Amesbury/Salisbury line.
MRWC’s Instagram will be featuring a variety of public spaces along the Merrimack River and its tributaries in the coming months. We hope these pictures will be an enjoyable reminder for us all to get outside, enjoy our parks and greenways, and work together to protect our beautiful river. Please see the link in our bio to learn about MRWC’s advocacy for the Merrimack and how you can get involved.
Comment below if you have a favorite public space along the Merrimack that you’d like to see featured!