Each November, Neighborhood Bike Works celebrates the life of cyclist Major Taylor, the first African American world champion, along with the accomplishments of our youth participants. This year, over 40 community members, NBW youth participants, their families, and young riders from Cadence Youth Cycling came out to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and hot food.
The day began with a scenic ride from NBW’s headquarters in West Philadelphia into Fairmount Park. In addition to our group of youth riding bikes they have built themselves, we also had a group of people riding Indego Bike Share bikes this year! When we arrived in the park, we played games and learned about Major Taylor until the food was ready. This year we had an especially delicious feast thanks to our volunteers and to a sponsorship from Stradley Ronon.
Three youth at NBW received awards for their exemplary accomplishments over the past year. These youth have shown extraordinary leadership and dedication in many of our programs this past year - as apprentices, assistant instructors, and as Bike Share Ambassadors. To check out photos of our adventure, look here.