Research Triangle Park, NC (Oct. 6, 2021) If finding your bike community means more than just identifying bike riders who live in the same town, join GoTriangle for the Diversity in Cycling: Finding Your Bike Community webinar!

On Oct. 14, GoTriangle’s Transportation Demand Management team is offering the free webinar to help bicyclists who want to connect with others by race, gender, sexual orientation, age, experience, disabilities or type of riding identify cycling communities for them.

Sign up for the webinar here.

Starting at 2 p.m., the hourlong webinar will feature talks from Itza Salazar of Triangle Bikeworks, Yevette Yarborough Trotman of Black Girls Do Bike and Debra Franklin, a BikeWalkNC board member. In addition, there will be 15 minutes at the end for questions.

“Trying to find someone to ride your bike with can feel like the first day of a new school,” says Michelle Parker, GoTriangle’s Sustainable Travel Services manager. “Is my bike good enough? Where am I supposed to be when? What should I wear? Am I strong enough to stay with the group? It’s scary putting yourself on the line with a bunch of strangers when it’s just you and a bike, and we want to make it easier.”

The goal of the Transportation Demand Management Department is to reduce the number of people driving alone in cars in the Triangle. The department offers grant-funded services, programs and materials on teleworking, forming vanpools and carpools and creating bicycle and pedestrian campaigns. TDM partners with the NC Department of Transportation and Triangle area municipalities, universities and public transportation agencies.

“If helping people feel more comfortable cycling is a means to fewer people driving alone, then we at GoTriangle and our TDM Partners want to help those cyclists,” says Paul Straw, Sustainable Travel Services coordinator. “We want to empower the cycling community to find the right group or possibly form the right group for themselves and others.”

At the webinar, Salazar will share the story of Triangle Bikeworks, a nonprofit based in Carrboro that works to strengthen the power of youths who are Black, Latine, Asian or Indigenous or other people of color. Trotman will offer information about the local chapter of Black Girls Do Bike, a national cycling group, and Franklin will talk through the challenges of finding the right cycling group or establishing a group.

Learn more about GoTriangle’s Transportation Demand Management services here.

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