May is Bike Month and whether you are a new cyclist or have been pedaling for years, riding with others who have a shared identity or purpose can help build community, create a sense of safety and belonging, and build confidence on and off the saddle.
The Seattle area is home to a number of cycling groups built around shared identities. Read on to learn about the many cycling communities and get involved with an upcoming event:
All Bodies on Bikes – National Size Inclusive Community
All Bodies on Bikes is a size-inclusive community that believes all bodies are good bodies, all bikes are good bikes, and all rides should be celebrated. The community grew from a short video of the same name, and is now a registered 501c3 nonprofit with chapters across the country. Programs include a podcast series, biking for big people classes, group rides, and more.
Learn more: allbodiesonbikes.com
Ampersand Bike Club (ABC) – Community of AANHPI and Multi-Racial Identities
ABC creates a welcoming space to foster safety and belonging for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, including multi-racial identities, through food and bikes. Newer riders are welcome! ABC was born from a community ride in response to the Atlanta spa shootings and has grown into a collective that meets regularly for social rides centered around food and culture.
Upcoming Event: Ramen Outside
Thursday May 4, 5:30pm meet-up, 6pm ride
Learn more: @abc.seattle
Black Girls Do Bike – National Community for Black Women and Girls
Black Girls Do Bike introduces the joy of cycling to Black women and girls. The group aims to create a comfortable place to support, advise, organize, and promote skill-sharing.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsDoBikeSeattle/
Breakfast Racing – Racing Team for Women Trans Femme & Non-Binary Identities
Breakfast is a racing team for women, trans, femme and non-binary riders. Programs include First Friday Rides and the Breakfast Racer Support Fund, which aims to reduce financial barriers for WTFNB and/or BIPOC riders by paying for race registration fees.
Upcoming Event: First Friday Ride with Breakfast
Friday May 5, 6:30am meet-up, 7am rollout
Learn more: @breakfast_cc
Friends on Bikes – Community of TWIG BIPGM Identities
Friends on Bikes is a community for people living at the intersections of trans, women, intersex, gender-nonconforming (TWIG) and Black, Indigenous, people of the global majority (BIPGM) identities. Activities include group rides, low cost overnight bike camping trips, and gear support through their REI sponsored gear library.
Upcoming Event: Group Ride to Alki Beach
May 20, 10:30am meet-up
Cal Anderson Park
Learn more: @fob_sea
Major Taylor Project – Rides and Education for Youth in South King County
Named after African-American world champion cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, the Major Taylor Project (MTP) empowers youth through bicycling. In after-school bicycling clubs MTP students explore their communities, build confidence and leadership skills, and discover their power to effect change. The Major Taylor Project reaches more than 500 youth annually in middle and high schools in central and south King County and in Pierce County. In these areas, residents speak over 70 languages and represent over 80 nationalities.
Learn more: https://cascade.org/learn/major-taylor-project
Moxie Monday – Community for People of Marginalized Gender Identities
Moxie Monday is a community of women, trans, femme, non-binary and other marginalized gender identities. Every Monday, Moxie meets for a social, no-drop ride from Westlake Park. The group also enjoys camping trips, alley cat races, and happy hours.
Upcoming Event: Social Ride – Every Monday
Meet at 6:30pm, Ride at 7pm
Learn more: @moxiemonday
North Star Cycling – Community of BIPOC Identities
North Stary Cycling’s purpose is to get melanated people on bicycles in order build a beloved community and be the radical, justice-focused conscience of cycling. Activities include Sunday Service Rides for all levels of riders (with bike rentals available for those in need), Wednesday FAST RIDES, and youth rides.
Upcoming event: Sunday Service Rides, Every Sunday
10:30am meet-up, Ride at 11am
Northstar Clubhouse, 2015 E Union Street
Learn more: northstarcycling.org
Outdoors for All – Adaptive Recreation for People with Disabilities
Outdoors for All’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for Children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation. Founded in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Programs include free, accessible bike rentals throughout summer in partnership with SDOT.
Upcoming Event: Spin into Bike Month!
Thursday, May 11, 4 – 6pm, Sam Smith Park
Peace Peloton – Open to all Identities in Support of Black Economic Prosperity
Peace Peloton is a 501c3 organization that connects consumers to Black-owned businesses through events and experiences, including Fresh Air Rides and the Columbia City Night Market. Having doubled in size since 2021, the Night Market features local makers, creators, food trucks, art, and music in a festive outdoor setting in Columbia City.
Bike Bus to School – Every Wednesday through May
Fresh Air Ride and Night Market, May 20
Learn more: peacepeloton.com