Local resident Kweli Campbell Leads First Community Ride of the Season

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Bike sharing has been regarded by some as a harbinger of gentrification and rising rents. Restoration has taken an alternative stance, leading the NYC Better Bike Share Partnership to demonstrate bike share as an affordable means for neighborhood residents.

Restoration has taken the bike by the handles and encouraged others in the community to do the same. Since 2014, as part of a multi-pronged strategy to promote bike share to communities of color, Restoration has hosted numerous events and community rides to encourage people of color to discover or reclaim a healthy way to get around the city.  

Peak biking season is upon us,. Restoration is gearing up for our regular rides and hopes to encourage other communities and organizations in NYC to do the same.  This Tuesday, March 27, please join us for a webinar titled “Promoting Bike Share through Ride Leadership and Community Events” and hear more about upcoming bike rides and events from our bike leaders and partners.

Kweli Campbell is a Bed-Stuy native and a Citi Bike member. She has served as a bike share ride leader since 2016. Campbell has led over 12 rides so far. Her enthusiasm for bike riding has been transformed into a cycling hobby as she also participates in other rides such as Transportation Alternative’s Century Ride. Campbell leads rides in Bed Stuy and has inspired others to welcome biking as a viable way to move around Brooklyn. Attendees of Campbell's rides are new to cycling, just like her. She coaches them on safety and confidence issues and the best routes. The camaraderie created in the courseon these of rides has led Campbell to start a cycling group for new riders of color where they share cycling tips and other information.


As an integral member of the bike share partnership, Campbell has been featured in different online publications like Next City and Citi Bike blog, where she shares her life story growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and her work as a community biking ambassador. Campbell’s story is one of many of our neighbors who have made biking a regular part of their lifestyle. To date, a wide range of prominent individuals and organizations – including City Councilmember Cornegy, Assemblyman Mosley, various fraternities and sororities, civic organizations and nonprofits – have taken part in and led community rides.

Join Kweli for the 1st Community Bike Ride of the season on Saturday, March 31st.

If you are interested in hosting a ride, contact us at citibike@restorationplaza.org