Next weekend, Red, Bike and Green-Atlanta (@redbikegreenatl) will be celebrating a decade of getting Black folks on bikes through their three-day festival, Bikerversary 2022. The jam-packed weekend of festivities with special guests will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13th, and will wrap up on Sunday afternoon. According to the group, they’re using Bikerversay 2022 to create a safe and sustainable experience for folks to have fun, learn about the city’s Black cycling culture, and engage with the environment and the local community.
“The planning for this celebration prioritizes Black folks feeling seen and welcome,” says zahra alabanza, club co-founder and community organizer. “Our signature RBG-ATL CommunityRide is still reserved for Black folks; however, all are welcome to participate in the other planned rides and activities. All programming centers our communities, our experiences and the variety of realities we live. Friday’s film series is about Black folks on bikes, the food highlights local Black foodways, the panels are facilitated through the lenses of Black folks, the marketplace is made up of local, Black, and eco friendly vendors, plus all rides and collaborations are led by Black folks.”
In advance of the event, our friends Devin Cowens (@dev_rox) and Erick Cedeño (@bicycle_nomad) will be leading a 22-mile overnight “Buffalo Soldier Campout” for BIPOC bikepackers on Thursday night to uplift, honor, and celebrate the 25th Infantry, a racially segregated Black infantry group known as Buffalo Soldiers.
Admission to Bikeversary 2022 is free for everyone, and having a bike isn’t a requirement to attend. There will also be an eco-friendly marketplace with local vendors, green space for relaxing, a kids’ corner, and lots more to explore. You can get tickets and find additional details at RedBikeGreenATL.com Even if you can’t attend in person, donations are appreciated and can be made via PayPal.
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