By Lileana Pearson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Slow Roll is a bicycle community that meets on Mondays across the country to partake in hour long rides. The purpose of these outings is to connect with your community and get to know the area.
Chris Fowler, the Syracuse branch organizer, says when you drive everywhere in a car you get stuck in a bubble, and don’t get to know neighborhoods you might drive through everyday.
The hope is to create a group of residents that are the eyes and ears of the community, and in tune with the people to know when something is wrong, and create a sense of belonging.
Fowler says residents who feel a disconnect from their community are more likely to commit crimes, a phenomenon he wants to change through Slow Roll.
The Syracuse group meets every week at different places around the city at six o’clock, take off at 6:30 pm and get back at 7:30 pm.