Brooklyn Bell on Why Inclusion in the Outdoors Matters
On the banks of the mighty Columbia River, the mountain-bike trails around the town of Hood River are some of the best in the state. From fast and flowy to chunky and epic, there’s something for every type of rider. Plus, it’s only five hours from Brooklyn Bell’s home in Bellingham, Washington. So this past June, when Bell, an artist, activist, and mountain-bike racer, and her friend Zack Paukert were looking to explore some new trails (in a safe and socially distant manner), they rented an RV and headed south.
“Riding gives me a sense of calm and clarity,” says Bell. “When I’m riding, I can just be who I am.” And as a Black woman actively working to make the outdoors more inclusive, Bell was in need of a break from it all. First COVID-19 dashed her bike-racing season and travel plans, and then the Black Lives Matter movement upended the rest of her life. “I was living between two different worlds,” says Bell.... Continue Reading at Outside Online