Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) in partnership with Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Khalif Rainey, Black Girls Do Bike, the Wisconsin Bike Federation and Bublr Bikes, will host a neighborhood bike ride on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at Garden Homes Square. The ride will start at 2600 W. Atkinson Ave. on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
The Promise Zone Bike Ride is part of NWSCDC’s goal to connect northwest side community members to one another in order to improve access to community resources. The event is also part of the City of Milwaukee’s multifaceted effort to revitalize four ‘promise zones,’ which include the Greater Old North Milwaukee zone, where the ride will take place.
“I am excited about this event to inspire residents and families to get active this summer,” said Ashanti Hamilton, President of the Common Council and NWSCDC board member. “This Promise Zone bike ride is a great opportunity to bring the community together and highlight the importance of health, being physically active, and increasing the awareness of the assets we have right here in our community that support healthy living.”
The bike ride will be a family-friendly event suitable for anyone who can ride a bike. The five-mile route will start and end from Garden Homes Square and will visit a number of important community sites in the 1st and 7th Aldermanic Districts. Bike marshals will guide riders through historic neighborhoods, past the Century City Tower and Century City I development, near major employers including DRS Power & Control Technologies and Integrated Mail. The path will also cross near schools including Samuel Clemens, Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, and Hope Christian School, along natural environment amenities including Lincoln Creek the Oak Leaf Trail, and many more sites.
“Families are my passion and I will continue to serve them by promoting connectivity and safety this summer, said Alderman Khalif J. Rainey. “I am extremely honored to provide residents the opportunity to share a ride of unity, and the Promise Zone Ride aims to provide awareness of resources and assets block-by-block in our community.”
Following the ride, festivities in Garden Homes Park will continue into the afternoon with games and educational activities organized by the Wisconsin Bike Federation’s “Share and Be Aware” ambassadors, and the annual Garden Homes “Praise 4 Peace March & Rally,” organized by Crossing Jordan Ministries.
“These are the partnerships that are helping move our community forward,” said Howard Snyder, Executive Director of NWSCDC. “We look forward to sharing the opportunities that can transform the northwest side into a preferred destination for businesses and residents to have successful businesses and live healthy lives.”