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Merrily (but slowly) we roll along

Slow Roll Duluth launches from West 21st Avenue and Michigan St.1 / 4
Jason Hall, in the red jacket, speaks with other bicyclists prior to the Slow Roll Duluth on May 13.2 / 4
The Slow Roll headed east up Michigan Street briefly before doing a U-turn and heading west on the bike path.3 / 4
The urban landscape becomes an attractive place for bicycles.4 / 4

Five years ago, Detroit residents Jason Hall and Mike MacKool were laid off from their jobs.  Rather than despair, they organized a weekly community bike to connect with neighbors and demonstrate their city's resilience in the face of adversity. The ride started with a few people but now attracts thousands of bicyclists every week. It’s called “Slow Roll” because it’s a slow ride, not a speed event exclusively for athletes, but open to everyone.

Jason Hall visited Duluth last week to spread the idea of people reconnecting with their city on bicycles. On Thursday, May 11, he spoke to students at Lincoln Park Middle School and gave a presentation on “Changing the World in Two Wheels” at the Duluth DRAFT bike meet-up at The Red Herring. On Friday he joined in on the Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride.

On Saturday he lead a cavalcade of bikes on a leisurely tour through the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Slow Roll Duluth highlighted the positive things happening in Lincoln Park, including the Cross City Trail, Harrison Park, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Northern Expressions Arts Collaborative, Duluth Art Institute and the Lincoln Park Craft Business District.

These events were part of Bus Bike Walk Duluth, a series of May events to encourage active transportation and accessibility for everyone of all ages and abilities.