This is episode # 8 of the Joyride – a celebration of women who ride bikes! Each week I publish a new conversation with a different woman who rides a bike in some form or fashion.
Joyriders, I am stoked to chat with Monica Garrison, founder and head shero in charge of the growing organization Black Girls Do Bike. Monica believes that the simple act of riding a bike can be the catalyst to wonderful and empowering experiences for women of all ages. What started as a simple idea in 2013 to connect lady cyclists has turned into a movement with more than 50 inclusive riding groups all over the country.
On this episode of the Joyride we’ll also talk about Black Girls Do Bike, riding in Pittsburgh, the first BGDB national meetup in Atlanta this June, and how to be a good ally.
Here are timestamps to some of the topics we discuss in this show:
1:14 – Greetings from Steeltown
2:23 – Monica’s first bike
4:40 – Solo/Family riding
6:47 – Every ride carry
10:30 – Speclialized Dolce + Drop bar love
12:00 – “where are all the black women on bikes?” + that time I met Sharon from Philly
19:00 – Groups – Black Cyclists United
National Brotherhood of Cyclists www.thenbc.bike/
19:45 – Pain points & the safety dance
22:33 – Dream bike ride – A Quick Brown Fox
24:47 – What makes a good ally?
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I hope you enjoy the show! Let me know what you think at girleatsbike[at]gmail.com.
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