This is a past Event
Buffalo Soldier Bike Rides
Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers Enactment
24–25 Jun 2016
June 24 – City Park in front of NOMA. June 25 – Congo Square.
To honor the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldier enactment, Bike Easy is participating in a nationwide celebration, organized by African American Nature & Parks Experience, that is welcoming African-American communities to enjoy outdoor spaces by bicycling to national, state, and local parks.
Saturday, June 24
9:15am – Kick things off with a family-paced community bike ride through City Park (7-10 mph). The ride starts at 9:15am in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park and ends there. Next up at 11am, we’ll be riding (also from NOMA) as a Bike Train to the Broad Street Theater.
11:35am – Screening of the film “The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels” at the Broad Street Theater, 636 N. Broad St. The documentary covers the extraordinary Buffalo Soldier bike ride of 1897 when Black soldiers rode nearly 1900 miles on 100 pound bikes in 1897 for the purpose of serving our country in the military.
Sunday, June 25
8:30am – Meet at Congo Square for a ride out to the Chalmette Battlefield & National Cemetery. We leave Congo Square at 9am and ride back around 10:30am. Ride is approximately 15 miles and will proceed at a moderate pace. There will be vehicle support. At the Chalmette Battlefield, we’ll have presentations on the Buffalo Soldiers and the role of Black soldiers during the Battle of New Orleans.
For more information, contact keith [at] bikeeasy.org.
This Event is part of Bike Easy’s Community Education & Safety Overview Project.