OutCycling is a non profit 501(c)3 community cycling organization. We believe in the importance of the physical and emotional health that cycling provides and strive to share this philosophy with everyone. Our motto is: Fun, Fitness and Friendship for all.
The mission of the OutCycling Fearless Flyers program is to support LGBTQ+ youth (16-25) to combat isolation by combining wellness & health with physical activity.
Fearless Flyers is a 10-week training program for New York City youth ages 16-25 that includes safety training in partnership with Bike NY and the NYC DOT. These young people are given the opportunity to develop their skills as a cyclist, as well as gaining social and leadership skills to help strengthen our community. Graduates who successfully complete the training earn their own bike, helmet and lock.
Why do you think programs like Fearless Flyers are important for LGBTQ youth?
“Well, I don’t think there are too many programs for LGBTQ+ youth to be a part of, something that’s very active, and it’s important for me to stay active. It keeps you healthy and surrounded by your community, especially people around your age. That is something you definitely want to have in your life.”
Pronouns: He and They/Them
What can people expect from participating in the Flyers program?
“You will be with people who are your age and also in the queer community. Everybody is very supportive, so you will be comfortable. This is a physical kind of group and we really don’t have anything like that outside of voguing at The Center.”
What were some of the challenges you faced in the program?
“I never rode outside of a park and it was very intimidating and it took some time, but I’m happy to say I never thought or knew I could do 30 plus miles out in public. It was time to presevere because there was a time I just wanted to quit but I pushed myself to keep going because it was going to lead up to something amazing. I really enjoyed riding with people. If I did this BY MYSELF I wouldn’t have been able to.”