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RIDE FOR READING: To find out more about Ride for Reading, visit rideforreading.com

between the riding and the reading. Then in 2009, everything changed. Over coffee at Fido, Mathew’s friend Austin Bauman, the founder and owner of Nashville’s Green Fleet Messengers, posed a simple question that forever changed the heartbeat of the organization: why not deliver the books by bike? “I remember the exact booth we were sitting in, and having the ‘ah-ha’ epiphany moment, thinking, this is what makes it Ride for Reading,” Mathew tells me. “So, we began to purchase trailers, gather cyclists, and post the plans through social media. The first bike delivery, we had six people.” Since then, Ride for Reading’s mission and following has exploded. Over the last five years, they have collected and delivered over 100,000 books to more than twenty different schools and organizations serving low-income communities. Last summer, Mayor Karl Dean joined sixtyfive cyclists on a ride to drop 3,000 books at East Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center. And later in September, one hundred cyclists from around the country joined Ride for Reading to deliver 2,000 books to a Las Vegas public school while at Interbike—North America’s premier cycling trade event. On the day of a ride, all of the volunteers meet and load up saddlebags, backpacks, and bike trailers full of books of

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...