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East Texas neighborhood supporting cyclists with popsicles, cold water, and encouragement

East Texas neighborhood supporting cyclists with popsicles, cold water, and encouragement

Tyler neighbors passing out popsicles to Tyler cyclists who ride through their neighborhood on Tuesday evenings. TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – One East Texas neighborhood has…

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Tyler neighbors passing out popsicles to Tyler cyclists who ride through their neighborhood on Tuesday evenings. TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – One East Texas neighborhood has taken the initiative to support local cyclists through encouraging words, hydration, and friendship. Every Tuesday, just before 7 p.m., those in the Briarcrest neighborhood start heading to their neighbor Hazel’s yard. Some people bring lawn chairs, others ice. It’s for their own fellowship, but they also share popsicles with those who come through their neighborhood by way of bicycle.

“These people are so wonderful with their cheers and encouragement. It feels so good. It’s almost like you’re almost in the Tour de France race. They make you feel great,” said cyclist Kristin Blaise.

When COVID-19 hit, the neighbors began distanced walking to keep in touch with their older neighbor, Hazel Edwards.

“We wanted to make sure she was safe and that she had people to talk to,” said neighbor Diana Koop.

They’ve done evening walking this whole time, up until a few weeks ago when it got too hot for walks, so now they gather in Hazel’s yard for popsicles.

“I love it. It’s a great group of people; it’s my support system,” Edwards said.

Tyler cyclists have come through their street for years, and eventually the two activities merged. Jim Jackson has been riding for about 12 years and says their support (and now the popsicles) have been great.“Especially this year, it’s really really big. Sometimes it’s been over 100, so we’re like, well, do we want to ride? […]

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