Queens cyclists will be taking a special ride next month that not only celebrates the women, girls and gender nonconforming people who bike in New York City, but also advocates for the continuation of the Queens Boulevard protected bike lanes.
The Women’s Ride will take place on Sunday, March 25. At 11 a.m., participants will gather in Long Island City at the Queensbridge Park Greenway. The seven-mile-long ride will start from Queens Plaza North, travel up Skillman/43rd Avenue to Queens Boulevard and finish at the newly rededicated Women’s Plaza outside Queens Borough Hall.
The event will finish with a brief rally that will highlight the gender gap in city cycling and improving cycling infrastructure, both of which are crucial to providing transportation, environmental and economic equity for all New York City residents.
Once known as the “Boulevard of Death,” the newly installed bike lanes on Queens Boulevard have helped prevent fatalities for the past three years. The iconic boulevard not only serves as a model for streets throughout the city, but encourages more residents to ride between the places they live, work, commute, eat and shop.
The groups that will be hosting the ride include Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee, Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York, Make Queens Safer, Bike New York, Queens Bike, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, New York Cycling Club, NYSBRA Juniors, Women’s Adventure Cycling Club, Trips for Kids, NYC Youth Cycling, Eastern Queens Greenway, Families for Safe Streets, WE Bike NYC and Mujeres en Movimiento.