May 30, 2009 – Free Family Bike Fun and the Major Taylor Cycling Club
Saturday, May 30 is Beyond Bikes Day – a family friendly bicycle celenbration for beginners – I wan’t to make sure to point out that this is beginner friendly – I know we have posted lots of bike information but I am a bike begginner myself and I know that it can be intimidating.
The event will be held Saturday, May 30, at the Kingsley Association Community Center at 6435 Frankstown Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. This particular event will encourage biking as a family-friendly activity, as well as showcase some of the bike lanes in Pittsburgh, particularly the bike lane along East Liberty Boulevard. Riders are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets. A limited number of loaner bikes will be available. Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the day, including kids’ bikes and biking gear.
Do you know Major Taylor?
In the late 1890’s bicycle races drew crowds that filled Madison Square Garden; the biggest draw of all was Marshall W. Major Taylor. Having become the undisputed black champion of America, Taylor overcame racial segregation and intolerance to become the one-mile sprint world champion in 1899, and by the end of 1898 held seven world cycling records!
Why is this important?
The University of Pittsburgh‘s Center for Minority Health and Adventure Cycling Association share the goal of encouraging people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, including African Americans, to explore the landscapes and history of America by bicycle. That is why these two organizations are committed to creating an Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. Throughout history black people have used bicycles as a mode of transportation. Both Major Taylor and the Underground Railroad represent the struggle to freedom from slavery and the challenge to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
More info on the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club is availble here. Also the blogger Pittsburgh Guy has a great post about the Major Taylor Club and their ride to show support for the families of the police officers that will killed in April.
Here are some more blog posts about bikes in Pittsburgh and across the US – there are a ton of great bike blogs out there.
- Small Montana Town Builds Campground Specifically For Cyclists (huffingtonpost.com)
- Seattle getting better for bikes, still needs work, club says (seattlepi.com)
- Public Spaces, Now More Than Ever (streetsblog.org)
- Bike the Beer (iheartpgh.com)
- I Want To Bike Ride All Day (livingstrongandhappy.blogspot.com)
- Seattle bicycling clubs for disadvantaged kids get rolling (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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