In Baltimore, 33% of residents don’t have access to a car and low-income or minority households are more likely to use bikes as a necessary mode of transportation to work or school. Yet many women and people of color find barriers to bicycling in their paths. These individuals often feel less welcome in biking spaces, live in neighborhoods that lack bike infrastructure, and are more likely to experience street harassment. Take a ride with us as we tour the Highlandtown community on two wheels and experience some of the challenges that cyclists in our community face first hand. Following the ride, stick around for a screening of Afghan Cycles which uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women every day.
Visit a showcase of a variety of local refugee and bike organizations outside of the screening and learn how they are working within our community to convene a diverse force for equitable transportation advocacy in Baltimore.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.
COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE:
Before the screening we’ll have a community bike ride! The ride will be slow paced, 3-5 mile family friendly ride in Highlandtown. The ride will start and end at the Creative Alliance.
3:00-3:45pm | Bike Ride starting and ending at the Creative Alliance
4:00pm -5:30 | Film Screening at the Creative Alliance
Free to attend, but please RSVP here: https://sforce.co/2lIdc1y
Thanks to our sponsor Lime!
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