You have always been there for me Keeping me on track Since in a papoose On my parents' back Circling the playground Up and down our street You brought me joy and independence My own wheels and a comfy seat You got me to nursery And to school To the shops, the park The swimming pool You taught me about risk You showed me my power You helped me be strong To look forward and not cower You made life an adventure Through flooded lanes & pouring rain Up hill, down dale On the train Touring Across the Irish sea Where we sang as we rode Between each B&B And, so of course, You came In tow When off to uni I did go You opened up a world of possibility As I travelled from city to city On well tread tyres You carried me around dreamy Oxford spires Your gears, saved my tears On those Bristol hills And, when I was bound To London Town It was you I did bring Your bell I did ring And, when I returned to Manchester Where our story had begun Me now a mum, my mum a speedster nan You made life all the more fun For purpose, for play You enabled me to do things, my way With one kid, two, then three Thanks to you, I was still free Dressed as a witch, suffragette or a bumble bee! You taught me local her-story About my ancestors, who pedalled against the tide In the fight for the vote my sister warriors, did ride And you’ve connected me to place Introduced me to local gems - you are ace! Your limits have showed no ends As you’ve introduced me to friends, upon friends, upon friends And you gave me a new sense of purpose As together we’ve help lead change A quiet revolution... For health, happiness and inclusion Bike buses, school streets, kidical mass Community rides and events with sass Whalley Range on Wheels and dancing Spokes Sure showed those blokes! Bike riding, fixing, tricks and bmxing Bike Hive, Bike Right, Push Pedal Scoot It’s been a hoot! Our streets, and bike deliveries to boot You bring out the best of community The strength and beauty in our unity As people gift their time, skills and pedal power And volunteer for hour after hour You’ve made my life more joyful When my heads been full or life feels dull You get my blood pumping, heart thumping Joints moving and body grooving With you there’s no need to sit still and wait In traffic jams, running late You emancipate, make me feel safer At night getting from A to B to C Thanks to you I never need to drive And instead with each bike ride I feel I’m doing a little bit to help us humans stay alive And strive As we reimagine a life greener, fairer, & kinder You are a constant reminder Of the simplicity & possibility To make a cultural shift So thanks for making me a part of your story Of bike revival and Human survival A movement for active lives for all Thank you, it’s been a ball!