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Roundtable Discussion About Race and Equity in Cycling

You’re probably already pumped to see Ayesha McGowan, who is on the path to becoming the first African American female professional cyclist, at the Philly Bike Expo. We’re excited to report that there are now two opportunities to see Ayesha McGowan address representation in cycling while she’s in Philly.

On November 2nd, The Big Heat Cycling, Main Line Cycles, and Philadelphia Bikesmith will be hosting a roundtable discussion about race and equity in cycling. Panelists Ayesha McGowan, local racer & rider Sophia Lee, local bike mechanic Marzhel Pinto, and moderator Courtney Williams will discuss the ways in which racism, white supremacy, and patriarchy are part of the industry and what riders can do to overcome it. 

This event is intended for people of color who ride bikes, and allies in the audience will be asked to limit their participation to listening. 

This event will be taking place at the Broad Street Ministry. Doors open at 4:30 PM with the round table starting at 5:00 PM. A question and answer segment will begin immediately following the roundtable. Entry to the event is free but there is a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will be split between the Broad Street Ministry, whose programs benefit vulnerable Philadelphians, and The Big Heat’s scholarship for marginalized cyclists. Visit Eventbrite for more details.

Ashley Vogel

Author

After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ashley moved to Philadelphia to work in nonprofit development and communications as a Philly Fellow. She was introduced to the Bicycle Coalition’s work in her first week of the fellowship through an Urban Riding Basics class. She did not take up bicycling in the city until getting involved with the Women Bike PHL community, which catalyzed her to shed her fear of riding in traffic and get on a bike. Ashley’s bike has served as a powerful tool, and she is excited to share the healing and empowering nature of bicycling with others. You can find Ashley riding her blue Breezer to the Headhouse farmer’s market, or her Fuji Sportif when she’s road racing as an alum of the Women Bike PHL Racing Development program.

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