By Maria Adebowale (Capacity Global) for Local Trust
Boogie Down Rides: Bicycling as an art (New York, America)
Boogie Down Rides was set up by artists who use bikes and art to start conversations about improving local space and how people access it.
Elizabeth Hambey and Hatuey Ramos Fermin, the two artists who set up the project, were keen to show how riding down a street can be a starting point for turning a place around. The conversation starter they used with the local people they met focused on how bike riding helped to encourage a cycling culture or make an area even safer. If more people felt comfortable riding bikes around the neighbourhood then more people using the streets and lanes could help to reduce crime and give an area a buzz.
Talking about bikes helped people to start thinking about why areas feel unsafe to ride and what the solution might be for people living locally. Elizabeth and Hatuey noticed that more local people started using a bike, mending their bikes or learning to ride (particularly women) for the first time.
For some residents cycling represents the ability to get outdoors and explore their local green spaces.
To find out more about Boogie Bikes click here.