Changing Perceptions: Black Women Bike DC
If you have not heard or meet Veronica O. Davis, here is a bit on her amazing story on how started Black Women Bike DC.
“She was pedaling past a public housing complex near her Washington, D.C., neighborhood one day when a young black girl shouted to her mother, “Mommy, mommy, it’s a black lady on a bike.”
“At first I was like, ‘Why is she so excited?’ And I realized I’m probably the first cyclist that she saw who looked like her,” said Davis.
“With Black Women Bike: DC, Davis works to change the perception of just who is a cyclist. It’s not just spandex-clad weekend warriors riding 30-speed carbon fiber bikes. It’s moms who want to ride with their kids. It’s women who are training for their first triathlon. And it’s utilitarian commuters like her.”
Great article in the WSJ this weekend on the latest in cargo long and medium tail bikes. These bikes are amazing for families and for shopping as they provide many options for transporting kids and cargo.
Kidical Mass Gaithersburg aims to support families in everyday use of bicycling. Based on successful efforts in other cities, including DC and Arlington locally, the aim is to have monthly rides that are social, casually paced and fun while supporting a local business. We also will raise awareness of the possibilities for safer bike routes in the community and guide folks to the easiest ways to navigate the community by bike. While the ride is geared toward families, anyone is welcome to join.
Rides will be held on the second Sunday of each month starting at 2 pm. Locations and routes will be announced a few weeks before each ride. We look forward to seeing you.
The next ride is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th, 2 pm starting at Lakelands Park with the following route:
Lake Varuna Mews
Market St. E
More information on Kidical Mass nationally can be found at: http://www.kidicalmass.org/