Come discover the courage, accomplishments, and contributions of Alexandria's Black residents on a free community ride organized by the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (and yours truly!). Honor the sacrifices of Black soldiers in the Civil War who successfully petitioned for the same privileges and rights of burial as White soldiers. See the Freedom House Museum, where one of the country's largest slave-trading companies used to be. Celebrate the legacy of Earl Lloyd, who rose from humble beginnings to become the first Black player in the NBA.

When: Saturday, June 26. The ride starts at 9:30 a.m., and registration is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexand...n-157556938043.

Where: The starting point for the ride across from the King Street metro station, in the courtyard next to For Five Coffee Roasters (1800 Diagonal Road). The route is about 13.5 miles, with a mix of neighborhood streets, bike lanes, and trails, including some hills: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36097816. If you participated in BPAC's 2019 African-American history ride, all but one of the stops on this ride are new.

Who: Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome, and we'll wait to regroup if we get separated. If you'd like to join for just part of the ride, that's fine too -- the first four miles are flat, and you'll still be able to visit most of the sites that we'll discuss on the ride.

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Bring a functioning bike, a helmet, and water. If you're not fully vaccinated, please bring a face covering as well. For everyone's health and safety, we'll be taking the following precautions:

  • asking everyone to self-screen and not ride if they've experienced symptoms of covid or been exposed to a known covid case within the last 14 days
  • asking people who are not fully vaccinated to give others at least 10 feet of space while riding and to wear masks during the stops (and also while riding if they can breathe comfortably while doing so)
  • breaking into small groups based on expected pace
  • keeping an eye on local covid conditions, and cancelling the ride if needed