Spoke’n Revolutions Youth Cycling (SnR) is the flagship program of Triangle Bikeworks involving high school youth cyclists. The program utilizes cycling as a gateway to youth development and leadership training for under-served youth in the Triangle area (currently Chapel Hill/Carrboro and soon Durham). Since 2011 under the SnR program, 19 high school age boys and girls have completed three summer bike tours, each covering over 1000 miles, transforming the lives of our youth cyclists in unimaginable ways.
2011 Underground Railroad – Mobile, AL to Niagara Falls, NY
2012 Tour of Discovery – Council Bluffs, IA to Crescent City, CA
2013 Blues and Jazz History Tour – Baton Rouge, LA to St. Louis, MO
In the summer of 2011 the SnR cyclists completed an 1800-mile, 32-day bicycle tour along the route of the Underground Railroad from Mobile, AL to Niagara Falls, NY on recycled bicycles.
The 2012 Tour of Discovery summer enrichment project sought to extend their experiences of African American and Native American history by cycling from Council Bluffs, IA, to Astoria, OR, along part of the Buffalo Soldiers Trail and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army, and many of them served as our nation’s first National Park Rangers. The ride began on June 22nd of 2012 and ended on August 8th of 2012.
The 2013 the SnR youth cyclists embarked upon the Blues and Jazz History Tour. Cycling along the Mighty Mississippi and visiting the towns of the Delta Region. Beginning in Baton Rouge, LA the cyclists took in the history of Jazz and as they moved north they experience the blues both real and musical.