A consortium of diverse local cycling groups is organizing a ride to celebrate the women, girls, and gender nonconforming people who bike in New York City, highlight the gender gap in cycling, and advocate for the continuation of the Queens Boulevard protected bike lanes.
The ride is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m.Participants will gather at the Queensbridge Park Greenway in Long Island City. The 7-mile ride will start from Queens Plaza North and travel up Skillman/43rd Avenue to Queens Boulevard and proceed to newly rededicated Women’s Plaza outside Queens Borough Hall. The event will conclude with a brief rally.
The ride is free, but all participants must RSVP via Eventbrite at:
The consortium includes: Transportation Alternatives, Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York, Make Queens Safer, Bike New York, Queens Bike, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, New York Cycling Club, NYSBRA Juniors, Women’s Adventure Cycling Club, Trips for Kids, NYC Youth Cycling, Eastern Queens Greenway, Families for Safe Streets, WE Bike NYC, and Mujeres en Movimiento.
The new protected bike lanes on Queens Boulevard were installed as part of a successful Vision Zero redesign. While Queens Boulevard was once known as the “Boulevard of Death,” the upgraded portions have not seen a fatality for three years. The boulevard is iconic, a neighborhood centerpiece, and now a model for streets throughout the city. The bike lane encourages more residents, to ride between the places they live, work, commute, eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors.
Improving cycling infrastructure and addressing the gender gap in cycling are crucial to providing transportation, environmental and economic equity for all New York City residents.