Shirley Chisolm Park
Join us as we ride on this Sunday before MLK, from Queens to Shirley Chisolm Park in the heart of Jamaica Bay. Shirley Chisolm (1924-2005) was the first African American congresswoman, and the first African American woman from the Democratic Party to run for the presidency. She represented her Brooklyn district from 1968-2003. She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Shirley Chisolm Park has beautiful scenic views of the Manhattan skyline on one side and the ocean surrounded by sea grass, hills & shore birds.
We will be riding down from the start location near Cunningham Park riding along the Tuskegee Airmen Way in Jamaica which was named for the Tuskegee Airmen who were the first black military aviators in the US Army Air Corps. They trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. They flew more than 15,000 sorties (an operational flight by a single military aircraft) in Europe and North Africa during WWII. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses and help encourage the eventual integration of the US Armed Forces.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order. Please bring your helment, mask, spare tube, hydration and dress properly for the weather. We will be picking up lunch at New Park Pizza in Howard Beach. You must feel comfortable riding on city streets, on the Belt Pkwy greenway and some hills. You must maintain a speed of 12 MPH on the greenways. We will start promptly at 9:45.
IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS: A reminder that you must register for the ride and that the exact start location will be forwarded to the registered riders. Please 'unregister' if you can not make the ride so waited list folks can move up and take the slot. All riders should come equipped with a mask, hand sanitizer/wipes, a spare tube, sunscreen, snacks and a bike in good condition, as well as being familiar with the current criteria for riding with the Club.