Featuring: Armani Ortiz, Callum Cooper Nissen, Eric Jankstrom, Peter Cooper, Rico Washington, Toby Tenenbaum
Dissenting voices collectively challenging unjust practices by governmental bodies in public spaces has been a method employed by citizens of this nation for centuries. The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade, the 1963 March on Washington, and the 1969 Stonewall Riots each brazenly pushed the envelope on sociopolitical progress—making history in the process.
In the throes of a global pandemic, the world found itself stopped on its axis in 2020. Amidst the profound uncertainty, a rapid succession of police killings of Black Americans awakened the nation to the fact that injustice continued to wreak havoc on the inalienable and legal rights of the historically oppressed. During May of 2020, in response to the insufferable maladies of the criminal justice system, a small group of concerned citizens in New York City channeled their outrage into activism—sparking the biggest reoccurring mass cyclist protests in history.
Across lines of race, gender, age, and nationality, over 15,000 cyclists collectively commandeered and traversed New York City’s major thoroughfares and bridges on a weekly basis in the name of Black lives. Utilizing the bicycle as a tool for protest and constructive change, Street Riders NYC has effectively galvanized a critical mass that has the potential to change the course of resistance movements. These photos are a document of the group’s historic impact on a forever changed world.
Street Riders NYC is a collective, a movement, and a community born in the streets of New York City. Co-founded by Peter Kerre, Street Riders NYC has a collective interest in cycling to protest, while providing cycling support and protection to other protest groups across the city which focus on issues of justice—for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as police reform, defunding and abolition, racial equality, and community direct action.
Taking It To The Streets
Featuring: Various ArtistsView Location Details Chelsea Park
West 27th Street & 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001
- Monday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Tuesday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Wednesday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Thursday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Friday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Saturday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Sunday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm