CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When the coronavirus shutdown happened, David Frankel wanted to create a positive change.
“I declared that I would ride my bicycle every day because I would not have that opportunity again,” said Frankel, an independent office furniture dealer from Coral Springs.
And so, starting in early March, the 62-year-old hit the road. He went on daily morning rides in Coral Springs and then rode further to Parkland and other cities.
This weekend, he passed 1,000 miles on his bike.
Frankel said he hopes others can find inspiration to make good use of this time as well.
“I want others to be inspired by me riding my bicycle and create a positive opportunity for themselves in the atmosphere of negativity and destruction,” said Frankel, who got the idea to ride his bike from a customer who told him she was taking advantage of these past few weeks to make improvements in her office because she didn’t otherwise have time to do those things.
A native of Wyoming, Ohio who has lived with his family in Coral Springs for 18 years, Frankel goes out just as the sun is rising, riding 12-20 miles a day, or more, all over Coral Springs, Parkland, Tamarac, and other cities. On some days, he has ventured as far away as the beach in Pompano Beach or I-595 in Plantation.
Listening to music or motivational speakers, he has seen more and more bikers joining him on streets and sidewalks as the pandemic has gone on. As the miles added up, he saw parts of Coral Springs that weren’t visible to him driving by in his car. He also did a lot of thinking, realizing how interconnected the community is.
“We’re all in this together. We’re all connected and dependent on each other,” he said.
The rides haven’t just been good for his mental health but also his physical health, he said. His digestive problems have improved, and he has a lot more energy.
He expects to keep going out on daily “adventures” for as long as he can, hopefully long after the pandemic crisis ends.
“There’s nothing better than sitting in the saddle and going out for a ride,” Frankel said.
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