Los Angeles

juneteenth freedom ride

Wednesday June 19th, 2025 @ 8am

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What's this ride about?

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is an annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation—Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, where General Gordon Granger announced that the enslaved people in Texas were free. Juneteenth originated in 1866 in Galveston and is now celebrated nationwide.

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Since its inception, our Freedom Ride has been a celebration of liberation! We invite all cyclists who resonate with this spirit to join us for an enjoyable ride that promotes Black excellence, Juneteenth, and safe cycling in one of the world's best cities.


The Black Folk™Juneteenth Freedom Day Ride, L.A. brings cyclists from all over Southern California together to celebrate the holiday with a ride through central Los Angeles, showcasing historical African American sites. The ride concludes at the Leimert Park Juneteenth festival, featuring live music, food trucks, vendors, and more.

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Black Folk Juneteenth Ride, L.A.

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Arrive @ 8:00am

•Gather in Upper Parking Lot

8:00am to 9:00am

•Meet & Greet
•Read Liability Waiver
•Bike Safety Checks

9:00am to 12:00pm

•Ride Out

12:00pm until...

•Wrap Up

•Head over to Leimert Park for the Juneteenth Celebration Festival

Duration: 4 hours

Date: June 19th @ 8:00am

Version: 2.0, the 2nd Annual, 2025

Where: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

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Black Folk™ Ride

Despite the numerous benefits of cycling, Black people in the United States are underrepresented in the cycling community. Various factors contribute to this disparity, including socioeconomic barriers, cultural perceptions, and infrastructural challenges.


One of the primary barriers to cycling in the Black community is the economic disparity. Quality bicycles and cycling gear can be expensive, and maintaining a bike also incurs costs. For many Black families, these expenses may not be feasible, especially when weighed against other financial priorities. Additionally, Black neighborhoods often have less access to safe cycling infrastructure, such as bike lanes and secure bike parking, which can deter individuals from taking up cycling.


Cultural perceptions and historical context also play significant roles. In some Black communities, cycling may not be seen as a practical or prestigious mode of transportation compared to cars. There's also a historical context where systemic racism and segregation limited access to resources and opportunities, including safe recreational spaces for activities like cycling.


Infrastructural issues are another significant barrier. Many predominantly Black neighborhoods lack adequate cycling infrastructure. The absence of bike lanes, poorly maintained roads, and a lack of bike-sharing programs in these areas contribute to safety concerns that deter many from cycling. Additionally, higher rates of policing in Black communities can make cycling a fraught activity, with Black cyclists more likely to be stopped and fined than their white counterparts.


Cycling offers numerous benefits that can positively impact the Black community. Here are some key advantages:

1. Health Benefits: Regular cycling improves cardiovascular health, reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and helps in maintaining a healthy weight. Given the higher rates of these conditions in the Black community, promoting cycling can lead to significant health improvements.

2. Economic Benefits: Cycling is a cost-effective mode of transportation. It eliminates expenses associated with car ownership, such as fuel, maintenance, insurance, and parking fees. For those without access to a car, cycling can provide reliable and affordable mobility, enhancing access to employment, education, and other essential services.

3. Environmental Benefits: Increased cycling reduces carbon emissions and traffic congestion, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Promoting cycling in Black communities aligns with broader efforts to combat climate change and promote environmental justice.

4. Community and Social Benefits: Cycling can foster a sense of community and social cohesion. Group rides and cycling events can bring people together, strengthening community ties and promoting a positive, active lifestyle. It also provides opportunities for community advocacy around better infrastructure and safer streets.

5. Mental Health Benefits: Physical activity, including cycling, is known to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The mental health benefits of cycling are particularly important given the higher rates of stress and trauma experienced by many in the Black community due to systemic racism and socio-economic challenges.


Addressing the barriers that prevent Black people from cycling requires a multifaceted approach. This includes investing in better infrastructure, making cycling more affordable, and promoting the cultural and health benefits of cycling within the Black community. By doing so, we can create a more inclusive cycling culture that benefits everyone, enhancing health, mobility, and quality of life for Black individuals and communities.

Is this event free?
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Totally free!

We only ask that you register

Because this group ride is unassisted by city officials, we will follow our planned route through the city along the bike path and we will obey all traffic lights and laws.

SHOPPING LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT...
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Our Private WhatsApp Chat 🔒:

(for past & future attendees only)


Our Strava Club 🚴🏽‍♂️:

https://strava.com/clubs/BlackFolk


Our Public Facebook Group 🗣️:
https://facebook.com/groups/BlackFolk.net


Our Group Walkie-Talkie Channels 📡:

ZELLO: (for past & future attendees only)

RADIO: FRS Ch.5 (462.66250)


Please be sure to wear appropiate clothes for the weather, bring your helmet, a spare inner tube, CO2 cartridge, bike pump, mobile phone and a pleasant attitude.

• Front & rear lights are recommended.

• The ride will NOT take place in the rain.

• If you are sick, please stay home.

• Avoid touching other riders.

• Bring your own hand sanitizer.


Here is a list of your MUST HAVE items. There is a link to each item that are tried and true because we have tested them and own it ourselves:

CLICK HERE for the Amazon shopping list of all items below.

• Personal Walkie-Talkie - click here

• Helmet - click here

• Gloves - click here

• Water bottle waist pack - click here

• Headlight & Tailight - click here

• Tire patch kit - click here

• Portable tire pump - click here

• Multi-tool - click here

• GoPro action camera - click here

• Your Sunglasses

• Your Sunscreen

• Your Cargo pants & shorts


Let us know if you think we should add anyting else to the list.

Is this a child-friendly ride?
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No, it is not.

While the city streets are public domain and by law you may ride with your children along the path if you desire, this group ride requires every guest to be at least 18 years old to officially participate with us.

WHO IS INVITED TO RIDE?
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This ride is open to the public and we encourage you to bring along your friends, family, bike group, church members, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, non-profit organization and company employees to ride with us.

IS THIS A RACE? CAN I GET DROPPED?
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No. This is a slow paced ride for all with speeds around 10-15 mph.


While there will be riders who bring their racing road bikes, nobody is required to keep a certain pace to participate in this group ride. This ride does not have an official sweep, should you encounter a problem, get delayed or leave the ride, please text the Ride Boss with details.


Lastly, we have 3 planned routes for beginners, intermediate riders and experts. You may select whichever route you feel comfortable in doing. To see the routes, click the question below...

What's the bike route Information? 🧭
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We have 3 planned routes:

- an easy 9-mile for beginners. (.GPX | Cues)

- a 14-miler for intermediates. (.GPX | Cues)

- then the 19-mile route for the expert cyclists. (.GPX | Cues)

See the 3 maps below 👇🏾 and send the route of your choice to your Strava account.


For all routes, we will start and return at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza backside parking lot, upper level near the movie theater.

There will be:
• Free parking spaces for your vehicle.

• Food/drinks in the mall food court.
• Restrooms in the mall.


When you arrive, check in with the Ride Boss and they will gather information from you to ensure you are safe and accounted for by the end of the event. This ride does not have an official sweep, should you encounter a problem, get delayed or leave the ride, please text the Rode Boss with details.


WHO IS "BLACK FOLK" AND HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE?
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Black Folk, LLC - Founded in 2009 by Mr. Shannon W. Rawls, BF is an event planning conglomerate that operates and partners with amazing people to provide upscale, positive and entertaining events that is designed & curated for amazing people. Black people, specifically.


That's it. 🤷🏾‍♂️ That's the story.

We just really enjoy seeing Black people (and others who love them) enjoy themselves. There's something special about connecting the dots for folk to provide networking, positive relationships and things for people to do that's filled with smiles, laughter and living life to it's fullest.


We do not let politics or religion hinder our progress. We love liberals, conservatives, christians, muslims, straight, gay or any combination of any creed... it does not matter. So long as you are a wonderful & positive person, you are welcome.



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