On a Bike & Build Community Ride, participants hop on a bike and ride throughout their city to meet with housing leaders and changemakers. They’ll learn about the challenges their city faces, affordable housing victories, and how they can get involved.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Providence‘s mission is dedicated to building decent, affordable housing with families that live in substandard and unaffordable housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Their vision is seeing that all residents of the Greater Providence area live in decent, affordable homes.
Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness works collaboratively to create and advance lasting solutions to prevent and end homelessness in RI.
Senator Tiara Mack was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2020 with affordable housing for all at the top of her platform. With a background in education, Senator Mack has worked as a Youth Organizer to empower young people to engage in local and national social issues.
COVID Protocol: Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.
8 hours, 10-20 miles
9 AM: Group meets for “Route Meeting” to review the day’s partners, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10 – 10:30 AM: Ride 3-4 miles to Habitat Providence
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Learn from Habitat Providence about their work
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Ride to Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Eat!
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Ride 3-4 miles to RI Coalition to End Homelessness
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Hear from RI Coalition to End Homelessness about their work
2:30 – 3 PM: Ride 2-3 miles to meet with Senator Tiara Mack
3 – 4:00 PM: Hear from Senator Tiara Mack about her work
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Group discussion and reflection about the day, highlights & takeaways
5 PM: Goodbye!
Community Rides FAQ
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
- Organize cycling safety basics trainings
- Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
- Provide lunch
- Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Everyone is welcome to BYOBike, but if you don’t have one then you have a few options.
- Bike & Build will work with your Ride Coordinator to communicate with local bike shops about potential rentals
- Bike share! Most cities have bike share options (Citibike, Indego, Lyft, etc) that are likely suitable for these rides.
If you want to participate, Bike & Build will work with you to make sure you have the wheels to get you through the ride.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
Safety is our biggest priority whether it’s on the bike, on a build site, or however you are participating in our programs.
Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.