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New York , July 3, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A bicycle is an indelible symbol of simplicity, freedom, and reconditioned life. Now we are experiencing an epidemic of bike theft which is undermining our…

New York , July 3, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A bicycle is an indelible symbol of simplicity, freedom, and reconditioned life. Now we are experiencing an epidemic of bike theft which is undermining our mobility. This newly released book explores what it might look like if we as individuals and communities all felt empowered to start building up our own bike infrastructure even though it might be so frustrating and involved we might never put one on.

This Children’s book is a metaphor for searching for your own independence and freedom on your own terms.

Only what happens when friends or family don’t ride their own bikes? My character, Michael, needs to stand up to friends who have neglected to follow his wishes, and is forced to ride his bike around the neighborhood alone. At one point he notes, “Whatcha got for pedaling, I never even saw…”

He needs to think about the people he loves and the places they go and who they’re with when he rides. He needs to hear people say things like, “Wait…you think riding that bike is a good idea, huh?”

He has to be sure his “altogether kind of bike,” is fully mine and therefore only on his terms.

I feel like I’m riding a bicycle during the ride-about a middle grade novel, this story is telling Michael, “I’m your only parent…look. There’s nobody else who matters, so ride. Don’t be a stinky, smelly loser. Ride it while you’re young and enjoy your life. Ride it if you feel like it; ride if you’re alone; ride if you don’t believe in it or if you think it’s dangerous or hurtful to other people. But ride it and remember that this bike belongs to you.”

This book makes sense to children who don’t have a bike because it equips the reader with feelings, interests, and interaction ways we have never done before. This is not just for kids who need a bicycle and just need to get from A to B, this book is a cultural truth of “He said/she said.”

My book, like riding a bike, is collaborative and a good first step for you on the journey to learn more about creating and sharing your own space as you introduce other people to your way of life, your own community.

About Emma R. Strickland

Emma R. Strickland is a children’s book author and illustrator of books including, a novel, about a single mother of two and her adventure for independence who is forced to learn what it means to ride a bike for a community he didn’t think was “for him” and would never build one for, this is a multiplatform graphic novel and cultural history of public and private biking experiences. For more information visit: https://www.emmasharlton.com/

Correspondence Corner:

Name: Senn Jordan

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Mr. Yandle, are you sick and tired of people mocking this resolution, which states that no one under 18 can smoke electronic cigarettes on school grounds? You don’t need to be a medical expert or professor to figure out this could be deadly, especially if the e-cigs left in the classroom for “research” don’t work. Yes, vaping is more convenient and less costly for many people, and e-cigs can be in some cases highly beneficial. But I think we all know the dangers of smoking cigarettes, when I was around 15 that was just common knowledge and I knew I couldn’t do it forever, I understood why parents forbade it as their child’s gateway to harder stuff, kids use tobacco even now from what I understand, sometimes they’ve never touched a cigarette before. If they can’t grow up safely, aren’t they doomed to a lifetime of addiction and damaged lungs?

Name: Mark F. George

Hometown: Arcadia, CA

You say you were visiting your favorite wine site when a tree fell onto a car. Isn’t it more likely that a winery plant or grown tree fell into the car, causing the accident? Even if a winery had been within 20 feet of the location, the tree would have been destroyed during pruning, so wouldn’t you expect it to be in the country anyway? And yes, the winery did fire some bees back to the hive, which began a hot liquid fire, and a few were killed by the heat. What’s next? All wineries will be closed because they were 15 feet from a fire spot? When are we going to learn? What’s next? Will a tree take down the entire McDonald’s restaurant?

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