A funny thing happens when you start playing the bucket drums through Boston’s city streets on a bicycle; friends walking or biking down the street who happen to hear your drumming whiz by their ears feel the need to call, text, or Facebook message you to let you know you’ve been spotted, like you’re this elusive Yeti in the city.
On December 8th, 2009, I received one of these messages on Facebook from friend and classmate Christina Genco: (facebook timeline doesn’t show old posts anymore, but thanks to Gmail, it’s archived):
The “stolen” here refers to her red, white, and blue Trek 1000, the one she crossed the country on with her first Bike&Build trip, which was later replaced by this bike:
That December was the first month I’d ever strapped a bucket to my handlebars and drummed on my bike, so the “Greg mobile” Christina was referring to was a monstrosity that looked like this (cowbell included):
I was shocked and deeply saddened last June to hear of the unfortunate news last June that Christina Genco’s life came to an abrupt end last year when she was killed on her bicycle after being stuck by an SUV in Alabama during not her first, but second cross-country bicycling tour with Bike&Build.
However, in the past year since the accident, I’ve been thoroughly impressed and moved by the efforts of Christina’s family and the Bike&Build community’s grassroots efforts to start the Christina Genco Foundation to raise awareness for Bike&Build, affordable housing and safe cycling. Even fellow blogger IsolateCyclist has devoted much of his heart to getting to the bottom of what happened on the day Christina was killed and seeking justice for Christina and her family. I can’t seem to meet a Bike&Builder not wearing her memorial bracelet. Even though Christina’s death was tragic, the mobilization of the bicycling community as a whole is truly heartwarming.
So even though the “Greg-mobile” Christina once saw and heard flying down Comm. Ave has changed quite a bit in appearance since 2009,
I’ll be commemorating Christina this Mother’s day in her upcoming Memorial ride by “making some sweet beats on the greg mobile.”
More Info on the first annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride ride, happening Sunday May 13, 2012 – Mother’s Day:
Join us for a day of fun, filled with food, live reggae and world music by Toussaint the Liberator, prizes, and the joy of giving back to the community. Funds raised will support bike safety and affordable housing projects in partnership with Bike Newton, Bike & Build, and Habitat for Humanity.
This day is designed for families and elite cyclists, with bike routes including 3.4, 17, 34, and 68 miles. The distances of the routes reflect the number 34 in honor of Christina’s lacrosse jersey number. A safe biking clinic will also be provided.
Come with friends and family, or make new friends!
For more information, please visit: http://ccgfoundation.org/memorial-ride
See you all there!