Cyclists gather at Pitango Bakery + Cafe in Fells Point before a Saturday morning ride to promote the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network on Nov. 4, 2023. (Daniel Zawodny) Depending on the size of your tires, the cobblestones of Fells Point may not be the most forgiving — that’s why Melinda Torres of Highlandtown opted for her vintage, rusted Island Cruiser, more of a beater bike than the roadster she typically pounds pavement with.
The avid solo biker signed up for this past Saturday’s 15-mile group ride, which started at Pitango Bakery + Cafe, seeking a riding community. She found herself in interesting company — road bikes, hybrids, e-bikes, even an electric, high-handlebarred tricycle, all with owners as diverse as the rides themselves.
“I just love seeing other people of color riding,” said Torres.
More than 50 cyclists chatted, sipped coffee, and filled out postcards they would later send to local elected officials urging action.
“Listen, I’m not calling anyone here old, but you know some of us here have to limber up these joints,” shouted Nia Reed-Jones, co-founder and president of Black People Ride Bikes, to the crowd. A collective noise, somewhere between a laugh and a sigh, responded to the call as cyclists young and old, of varying shapes and skin tones, dropped their kickstands and stretched their limbs in the calm November sun. Nia Reed-Jones, president of Black People Ride Bikes, addresses cyclists gathered in Fells Point for a Nov. 4 ride to promote the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network. (Daniel Zawodny) […]