Riding for Survivors: Recapping a Community Bike Ride
We partnered with the RISE Project NYC to ride through Brooklyn in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Alongside RISE Project NYC and the sites of the NYC Crisis Management Sites, we were joined by 50 New Yorkers on a Citi Bike ride through Brooklyn for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 21st.
Starting at the southeast side of Prospect Park, we gathered for an important conversation on community building and coalitions. With speakers from RISE and Both Sides of Violence, we set the tone for what was an energetic and coalition building ride! We rode on ebikes through Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and stopped by Neighbors In Action’s resource table for empanadas provided by a local Dominican owned business, Jenny’s Coffee Shop.
Our route ended at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where RISE hosted a press conference highlighting and uplifting the voices of survivors. In our collaboration with RISE, we prioritized the need to support public safety initiatives. Intentional community engagement means working together with organizations who work with their respective community members everyday on wellness, interventions, and quality of life. As Citi Bike expands into different neighborhoods across NYC, having these relationships with community leaders makes access and equity even more possible.