Hi neighbors! We are Brian and Erica and we met while Erica was in college and Brian was “in between schools.” We are now married and live in the Windom neighborhood with two kids who enjoy screaming and throwing their meals on the floor.
Bikes & Bites was born from Brian’s passions of biking and never sitting still for more than five minutes. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing rioting, we began asking for donations and supplies from neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family to deliver to several organizations that redistribute to Minneapolis residents in need. Due to the destruction of many businesses in June and compounded by the economic effects of Covid, many residents have been displaced from their homes and/or no longer have access to food and basic necessities. Our small social circle was generous with contributions, often noting that they had been wanting to help but either didn’t know how or were worried that the small contributions they were able to make would not be helpful. In just the five short weeks we were doing this informally, we were able to donate several thousands of dollars worth of food/supplies and Brian biked over 500 miles making deliveries. It was clear to us that small, local efforts to help our fellow residents can make a substantial impact when organized and pooled together.
We hope that what began as a small effort to instill some regular giving into our lives and our collective goal to help our city and its most vulnerable residents will grow and spread (in a good, non-corona virus way) to other neighborhoods throughout our city and state.