In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating Chicago black-led cycling groups. Let’s recognize our black communities that encourage bicycle advocacy, education, and safety throughout Chicago. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram — we’ll spotlight a different cycling group every week this month.
Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago (MTC3)
The Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago (MTC3) was organized in 2008. This cycling group includes riders of all ages and cycling abilities. The mission of MTC3 is to promote good health through recreational and social cycling at various locations throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Their name is inspired by Marshall “Major” Taylor, who became the first African-American world champion in cycling in 1899. Group rides can go anywhere from 10 to 100+ miles. Follow MTC3’s Eventbrite page for their next ride. Don’t forget your helmet when riding with MTC3 — this group wants its members to be safe during every ride!
South Side Critical Mass
This group uses cycling as a vehicle to make South Side neighborhoods liveable and bike-friendly. The South Side Critical Mass cycling group meets on the first Friday of every month except during winter or inclement weather. Participants meet at 5:45 PM in Nichols Park (55th and Kimbark) and start the ride at 6:15 PM. Rides are free and open to all riders of any level. The length of rides is about 13–20 miles at a moderate pace. Don’t have a bike of your own? Not a problem — bikes are available at our Divvy station at 55th and Woodlawn. Join the South Side Critical Mass on April 3 for their first ride of the 2020 season!
Black Girls Do Bike: Chicago (BGDB)
Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) is a growing community of all women, but especially women and girls of color, who share a passion for cycling. BGDB establishes a comfortable place where female cyclists can support riders and organize group rides. There are 85 BGDB chapters throughout the world and the Chicago chapter has close to 800 members.
Mark your calendars! The Chicago BGDB chapter is hosting the 2020 National Meetup. Meet and ride with a group of empowered women on Memorial Day weekend and participate in Bike the Drive on May 24. For more information, check their Facebook event page.
We Keep You Rollin’ (WKYR)
We Keep You Rollin’ (WKYR) has a mission to increase cycling and walking rates in underserved communities through wellness and recreational activities. This wellness group serves five neighborhoods: Golden Gate, Concordia Place, Riverside Village, Pangea Lakes, and Altgeld. WKYR hosts bike safety events, workshops, and nature field trips.
Think Outside Da Block
Think Outside Da Block is a non-profit organization whose mission is to rally the Englewood community together. Think Outside Da Block often hosts bike giveaways and community events, including free haircuts and meals plus mental health workshops. Think Outside Da Block hosts critical mass bike tours called “Roll N Peace.” These group rides use cycling as a plan of action to address the mental health and wellness of the Englewood community.