Off The Beaten Podcast invites you to help us raise funds to support Blackstone Bicycle Works by completing this route which commemorates the events of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots.
Blackstone Bicycle Works' mission to provide educational and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods.
This historical route, created by the Newberry Library and the 1919 Chicago Race Riot Commemoration Project, to learn about an important piece of Chicago history and raise funds for Blackstone Bicycle Works. Their goal is to inspire 300 riders to complete the route before October 31st. If they accomplish their goal, they have the opportunity to raise $7500 (thanks to their generous sponsors - SRAM & ABUS) but they can't do it without us!
This event is Free and open to all, including children. We will gather in front of greater Olivet Baptist Church at 9am. The entire route is approximately 9 miles. We will move at a moderate pace. We are also asking all riders to wear masks and bring copious amounts of hand sanitizer.
Additionally, for riders who would like a longer ride, I will be leaving the Nichols Park South Fountain at 8:30am. That is approximately 5 miles south of Olivet Baptist Church. I will return to Nichols Park after the ride as well.
The ride will conclude at the Emeche Cakery and Cafe at 3453 S. Prairie Ave. where everyone will be invited to support this amazing local business. They have a great lunch menu, as well as standard cafe fare.https://www.emechecakeryandcafe.com