We had the good fortune of connecting with Veon McReynolds and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Veon, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Wanted to help improve the health of my family and myself. Thus riding bikes seemed like a good fit. I could get my family out riding while getting others we knew healthy also. We use the no excuses model to make sure people would participate. We supplied the bike and helmet so excuses were greatly reduced allowing people to take more control of their healthy activities

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My transformation from thief to student came during prison. While confined I began to read a lot and focused on improving my life. Thanks to a rehabilitation program, I was granted a scholarship to undergraduate school. I did well enough that the Vocational Rehabilitation program provided me room, board, books and tuition. I took advantage of the opportunity that I would not have had not I got to prison. After that help I was able to go on to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin and complete my Ph.D in community psychology.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
DAY#1 Bike ride around the community DAY#2 Kayaking on Buffalo bayou.
DAy#3 visit community organizations Project Row House, Shape Community center, Black United front.
Day#4 Urban Harvest Farmers market, Houston farmers market .
Day#5 bar hop Turkey leg hut, Club 5015, and Savoy Ice house.
Day #6 bus trip and bike ride to Alkek Velodrome possibly watch races
Day#7 tour to the beach surfside and Galveston island.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most of my life’s direction is due to student I befriended in undergraduate school at the University of Kentucky. They were focused on improving themselves and thus improving their community. Like Mahatma Gandhi they were becoming the change they wanted to see. I followed their example.

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