As a Schwinn Ambassador, I am always thinking of new ways to highlight my biking experiences. I have recruited others to take on cycling and join me along my journey. My passion for riding is often undocumented, but mostly cherished within the memories I create. The adulation I receive from strangers when I’m riding past the local shops or in the act of balancing multiple bags on my handlebars gives me a sense of gratification. It lets me know that biking is a form of expression, and for me it’s my loudest voice.
I have always been fascinated with the bike culture in New York City. At any time of day or night, you can see someone zipping past you on two wheels, an essence that is all too familiar. Aside from the aesthetics, many people in NYC choose biking as a way of life to get from one borough to the next. The lifestyle of embodying the urban commuter is something that I identify with wholeheartedly. I embrace my fellow cyclists in any environment and praise them for their tenacity in dealing with unpaved roadways and lack of accessible bike lanes. The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) seeks to foster better collaboration with the city and cyclists who view parks and public spaces as an extension of their riding path.
To encourage riding along the new waterfront, BGI hosted a 25-40 mile ride on June 24th, 2017. The ride would begin in Greenpoint Brooklyn and conclude at Jacob Riis Park Beach, a stretch that allowed me to see Brooklyn beyond the brownstones and highrises. It was my longest riding excursion yet. A few hours later, I had the feeling of accomplishment painted all over my face matched with an uneven tan from sunlight overexposure. I celebrated after with an obligatory nap, followed by a hearty meal. I thank BGI for exposing me to uncharted territories and creating the environment for me to ride with other bike enthusiasts.
Whether it is traversing through Brooklyn or the roads in Newark, every day is an epic ride when I’m on my Schwinn.
Yours in motion,
My name is Kiermoni Allison and I am an avid cyclist in the city of Newark, New Jersey. Biking has always struck me as a sense of escape and freedom. Bikes not only grant you the mobility of two wheels, but also a sense of exploration and agility that I think is marginal in other forms of transportation. I started biking around Newark in 2013, finding my way through dirt paths and across bridges. At first it was for practical reasons, like saving money on gas but it has become much more than that. Biking has allowed me to rediscover Newark, an ability to search, learn, and see the city in ways I haven’t before. My passion for riding is influenced by the many people who ride in big cities like New York and Boston, in addition to European cities such as London and Amsterdam. I am proud to be a Schwinn Ambassador to revitalize the bike culture in my neighborhood and connect with other cyclists.