Fostering a community for women, trans and gender non-conforming *BIPOC who love riding bikes.
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Our purpose is to promote and grow diversity in cycling. Women of color are highly encouraged to join us. Our efforts are focused women of color, trans and gender non-conforming BIPOC.
We want to ensure that women of color have a safe, supportive and fun cycling community that they belong to. We encourage all forms of riding, from everyday commuting to casual riding to off-road adventures.
We want to bring more exposure to women of color who aren’t being heard in the cycling community. There is a huge lack of representation for women of color in cycling media, advocacy and organizations. We believe that we can break down the typical white male cyclist stereotype if we combine and amplify our voices together.
We believe in volunteering, donating and working with our allies to encourage more cycling advocacy for women of color. We support nonprofits, businesses and individuals who encourage progress for the cycling community.
WHO WE ARE
Molly was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Maryland. She fell in love with bikes in 2007 while attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Afterwards she lived in Brooklyn, NY and got hooked on riding her fixie through the busy streets. She moved to Portland at the end of August 2016 after biking from Virginia to Oregon. Ever since then she prefers riding with gears (and brakes) and is planning her next long adventure.
Founder, Portland Chapter Leader
Raised first generation in a large Latinx immigrant community near Downtown LA, Rachel began riding a bicycle in the city as a last resort to heal a knee injury. To her surprise, the bicycle healed her in more ways than one, and with every bike ride felt more empowered while learning and loving her home city all over again. Living in Portland, Oregon since 2011, she is still happily riding through the city, and in 2017 had her first bikecamping experience with Friends on Bikes. Let’s ride!/Andemos en bici!
Portland Chapter Ride Leader
BIKEPOC is a sister chapter of Friends on Bikes and located in Toronto, CA. Similar to FOB, BIKEPOC is a social cycling group for BIPOC who identify as Women, Trans, Femme, Non-Binary.
They will be hosting monthly social rides, workshops, and bike camping trips throughout the year. You do not need to be a hardcore cyclist to participate, and they encourage all levels of riding to join.
*The Seattle chapter is currently inactive. We are seeking a chapter leader to take over leading rides in the Seattle area. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to discuss further.
SJ was born in Kansas and has fond memories of crushing down the Shunga Trail as a kid. While living in Montreal, SJ started riding bikes as a means of transportation. Their first overnight bike camping trip was to Harold Parker State Forest from Boston. Now in Seattle, SJ has retired from working as a bike mechanic and is enjoying riding their bike to explore the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle Chapter Leader
On May 19th, SJ was fatally attacked while biking outside of Seattle. SJ’s death is a huge loss to the cycling community. They were a positive light who worked tirelessly to create change. We are deeply saddened to lose our friend and they will be forever in our hearts. SJ's legacy continues with the SJ Brooks WTF Bikexplorers Scholarship, a scholarship for five recipients to attend the WTF Bikexplorers Summit along with receiving new bikes and bikepacking gear.
BEHIND THE NAME
The name Friends on Bikes originally came from a group of (Asian) friends while attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA who loved all things related to cycling. From exploring their city on two wheels, to riding in almost every state in America. While most of the group has moved to other states, they still possess a passion for cycling and ride their bikes together whenever they reunite. Their group represents a diverse mix of Asian backgrounds - Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan and Filipino.