Monica Garrison got back into cycling as an adult and, noticing the low numbers of other African Americans cycling around her, decided to take matters into her own hands. She founded Black Girls Do Bike, and the organisation now has over 9,000 group members.
What started as a Facebook page in 2013 has now grown into a movement, with over 55 chapters across the US and Antigua, each led by a ‘Shero’ who organises group rides and events.
The Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) website hosts inspirational stories from members, how-to videos and information on how to become a Shero. BikeRadar spoke to Monica Garrison about why she founded Black Girls Do Bike, and what she feels needs to happen to address the lack of diversity in cycling.
We spoke to Black Girls Do Bike founder Monica Garrison to learn more…
“Black Girls Do Bike is an organisation created with the mission of growing and supporting a community of African American women who share a passion for cycling. We want to encourage ladies to cycle for ‘function, fitness freedom and fun’. We hope to be a resource for female cyclists around the world and a comfortable place to find support no matter where you are in your bike journey.
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