Who are WE? Lesly Jones
WE Bike NYC is organizing ten women from five organizations to ride 262 miles on bicycles from New York City to Washington, DC to represent their communities at the nation’s largest annual bicycle advocacy event, the National Bike Summit on March 3, 2014. WE are so pleased to be supported by WomanTours, Bicycle Times Magazine and Transportation Alternatives. For more about the ride, check out our fundraising page HERE!
Black Women Bike DC
Age? Really? 50+
Where are you from? I grew up in Berkeley, CA; I currently live in Washington, DC.
Where do you ride? In the Washington DC metropolitan area. Mostly in the city. I have 3 bikes (carbon road bike named KoKo, steel single speed/fixie named Kat and a cyclocross bike named Mac) and no car, so cycling is my primary source of transportation. However, I ride most of my miles for the sheer enjoyment of riding.
When/Why did you start riding? I have never not owned a bike. I have 3 older sisters and riding my bike was the only time I was in charge. For me, biking equates to freedom. Now, I simply ride for the love of being outside. It’s also a great stress reliever. Having a bad day……I just jump on my bike and whatever is bothering me is gone!
Why do you want to go on the ride? I love to share my love of fitness and cycling is a big part of that. I am a member of Black Women Bike DC’s Leadership Team….our vision is that Black women and girls, of all ages, ride their bikes for fun, health, wellness and transportation. Our mission is to build community and interest in biking among Black women through education, advocacy and recreation. Participating in this event is a great way to share our vision and mission.
Anything else? I am a mother and grandmother. I am a league certified cycling instructor. I regularly lead beginner group rides in my community. I am a strong advocate for cycling in my community and belong to WABA, Women & Bicycles and several local bike groups.
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