Colored Girls Bike Too (CGBT) is a radical cycling organization founded in 2017 by Jalonda Hill. The organization focuses on Black women (cisgender and transgender) and Gender nonconforming people (GNC) because we all face similar issues regarding patriarchy and misogynoir.
The CGBT name is as radical as its mission. Hill chose to reclaim the term “colored” in the radical tradition of reclaiming what was once used to limit and shame. This is fitting since CGBT is about freedom, pride, and visibility. CGBT group rides are empowering. They allow Black women and Black GNC people to take to the streets en masse, taking up space in the Buffalo cycling community both literally and figuratively.
Group members are engaged in various forms of activism that intersect with cycling including transportation equity, advocating for LGBTQIA+ issues, delivering food to vulnerable community members during quarantine, and providing free bikes to Black women/Black GNC people in need. CGBT outreach methods continue to evolve regarding community outreach efforts.
CGBT rides take place monthly and they typically have a specific theme.
The next CGBT ride is the “Say Her Name/Say Their Name” ride on Sunday, June 28, 4:30 – 7:30 pm. The ride begins at at MLK Park for a ride to the Freedom Wall for brief activity, then on to Forest Lawn culminating at Mary Talbert’s grave then on to the final stop at Delaware Park for a ‘Goddess Circle’ lead by the founder of Moon Me, Rose McCain, where participants will engage in a river rock release and refreshments.
This ride will honor Black women and Black GNC people who have lost their lives to police violence. Although we welcome community support, the rides are specific to Black women and Black GNC people to ensure a safe and liberating space.
For more information, please contact CGBT via Facebook. There is the public group called Colored Gils Bike Too, which is open to everyone. They also have a newly created private group called CGBT: Colored Gils Bike Too, which is specifically for members.”
– Jay and Jalonda
Jay Nixon, is a Phd Student at UB is Vice President of CGBT who also teaches gender studies at the college. Jalonda Hill is Founder and President of CGBT and a Paralegal/Community Organizer at the WNYLC. Follow them on Social media at @coloredgirlsbiketoo