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This man was riding his bike in Brazil. And lo — a car had parked right in the middle of the bike lane. So he did what he had (the strength) to do.

He got off his bike, grabbed the car, and ever so gently lifted the car outof the bike lane.


GIFs via Joe Loreto.

Here's the whole video so you can hear the bystanders cheer.

This guy is the hero we all need.

In the battle of bikes vs. cars, it's usually cars that win. But this guy proves, in his own unique way, it's not a battle, it's a beautiful dance. There's room for everyone.

New York City is a great example of this. The city has increased its commuter cycling population (people who ride bikes to and from work) by "nearly doubling the citywide on-street bike network."

That means ... bike lanes.

In real life, working together means everyone respecting everyone else's space and lane.

That means cars staying out of bike lanes and bikers staying out of the way of cars.

You might already know about the different kinds of car lanes, but do you know your bike lanes???

If you drive a car or ride a bike, here's a quick top three:

  • The bi-directional protected lane (like the one above)

  • The good old-fashioned shared lane, or "sharrow"


  • Or my favorite, the physically protected lane


Parked cars are protecting you from traffic. Note the position of the parked cars — not in the lane! Images via TransAlt.

According to NYC.gov, commuter cycling in NYC increased by 26% in 2008-09 and has more than doubled since 2005. Bike lanes are working.

But bikes and cars can't play a zero-sum game. The different lanes work together to help prevent nasty interactions between bikes and cars. But what really prevents nasty interactions is people. Smart people. Kind people. Inhumanly strong, Herculean types of people. Now that bikes and cars are sharing more roads, all different types of people have a chance to help each other.

Bike lanes help both cars and people ride off into the sunset ... together. Now that's something I want to lift up.

All images provided by Bombas

We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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