On bikes and writing: Bike Writers

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Donald Hyatt inside the Rochester Subway 5/23/16

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Monica at the bike rack at the Lilac Festival

Because I had biked to the Lilac Festival to see the vendors on the way to see Geva’s “May Queen”, I met Monica Majcher who was taking a picture of her bike alongside blooming Lilacs.

Monica, an artist in several mediums, had just returned from a 9 month trek across the U.S. — including Burning Man — just in time for the Lilac Festival.

flyerAt the bike rack, we met Monica’s friend Dave Dowd, a teacher at French Road Elementary School in Brighton handing out flyers for a new group: Bike Writers.

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With Dave Dowd (right) [Photo: Monica]

Having written “Two on a Rickety Bicycle,” I went to the Liberty Pole Way along with about a dozen bike writers.

There I met Donald Hyatt. On the way to our first destination the Lower Falls Park, Don, a postal worker, writer and photographer, gave me a tour of his urban postal route.

As we biked past the last remaining Ukranian family (before white flight this was an immigrant neighborhood), Don provided commentary that was a sociological tour de force. We look forward to Don’s promised contributions to the magazine.

At the Seat of Remembrance and Forgetting, the bike writers stopped to enjoy the riverscape and journal. Don took the picture. Then, inside the subway on South Avenue (where once love and hope was found), we again stopped to journal.


Seat of Remembrance and Forgetting [Photo: Don — with his borrowed journal for the pic] 5/23/16

Come bike and write with us. Every other Monday (next on June 20th) at 6:30 starting at the Liberty Pole Way.


For Golisano Children’s Hospital with love at the inaugural Gran Fondo at the Twilight Criterium

Two on a Rickety Bicycle

Love and Hope in the Rochester Subway