FMC Bicycle Ride for Peace & Justice
Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 am (rain or shine)
Before the Virtual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 9, at 9:00 am, ride from Field’s Corner in Dorchester to the Garden of Peace near Government Center (64 Somerset Street).
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of this year’s 25th annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace have adapted it to an online platform. They encourage teams to raise money; you can donate and/or register to join FMC’s team here. Click here for more information about the walk and/or to watch a live broadcast of the event on Sunday, May 9 beginning at 9:00 am.
On May 8, Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, the FMC Peace and Social Justice Committee, co-sponsored by the FMC Friends for Racial Justice Committee, is organizing a bicycle ride along the traditional route to mark the occasion for Boston-area F/friends. We will begin at the traditional starting point for the Walk in Field’s Corner, Dorchester, and bike some of the route begun a few years ago to the Garden of Peace near Government Center. Madison Park Vocational High School is approximately halfway and a good starting or ending point for those wishing to not cycle the entire route. Our route will take us thru Nubian Square, where we might find toilets and refreshments. (We’ll also stop by the stunning memorial to COVID-19 victims at the Grant AME Church on Washington Street, the reason for the minor diversion in route.)
The full route is approximately 7 miles and, at normal cruising speed, might require about 1 hour. However, we anticipate stops along the way to commemorate death and renewal, shrines for instance, and organizations struggling for a just peace in Boston and grieving and recovery for people afflicted by the violence, both victims and perpetrators. We welcome suggestions for stops. We’ll pause for toilet breaks, if toilets are available. Signage is up to individuals. We don’t believe we’ll need a permit because of the small number of participants we expect. This is not an official part of the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, but it is approved by Walk organizers. Participants are responsible for their own safety, i.e., travel at your own risk.
Click here for a map of the bike route.
We hope you will join the team, join the ride, and/or make a donation. For more info about the bike ride, contact Skip Schiel at email@example.com.