Diversity rides New England cyclists Henry Foon
SCITUATE – The New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity will host a ride celebrating cyclist Henry Ar Foon at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 10 in Scituate.
The ride is one of a number of cycling events hosted by the group, which was created last year amid the nationwide toll with racism following the murder of George Floyd.
Coalition communications manager Wendy Schwartz said members of her bike club had taken a close look at their group makeup in the spring of 2020.
Even though it was not 100 percent seamless, she said, “We saw that there was very little integration of people of all kinds into our bike club.
The group decided to get together and think about solutions to diversify their bike club and encourage new people to join. Members discussed the structure of their rides and where to start, Schwartz said, and eventually the Cycling Coalition for Diversity was formed.
The response so far has been “heartwarming,” she said.
Part of the job is to contact other bike clubs in the area. The hike will be officially organized by Blue Hills Cycling, from the South Shore.
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The ride is free, non-competitive and intended for experienced riders, Schwartz explained. Cyclists can choose a 17 or 37 mile route and a few different speed options.
The inspiration behind this organized ride came from one of the group members, who Schwartz says is a cycling historian.
Honoree Foon would be the first Chinese person to be born in Boston, reports the New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity on its website. He was an avid biker and was elected president of the Winnisimmet Cycle Club in Chelsea in 1897. Foon was featured in a book by Lorenz Finison titled “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society”.
The ride will pass through places where Foon rode, his home as an adult, and his grave. A lecture on his life will be given.
The rainy date for the trip is October 17th. The ride will begin at 9 a.m. on October 10 at the North Scituate MBTA Suburban Station, 777 Country Way.
More information on the ride can be found at neccd.bike/blog, and pre-registration is required.
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