GObike News

February 4, 2019

The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Bicycle

Black History Month Highlight: Did you know that Montgomery residents not only walked and carpooled as an alternative to public transit during the boycott— they also biked?


Guest submission by Jalonda Hill

This is proof that bike riding has always been a great asset to our community and has been used as an act of resistance to the power structure.

Imagine what we could do today if we used bike riding as an act of resistance against the current conditions of poor communities of color in Buffalo...(something to think about!)

"On the morning of Dec. 5, 1954, the boycott began when African-Americans, inspired by the Baton Rouge, La., bus boycott, refused to take the bus because of Jim Crow-era transit laws. For 381 days, the African-American community carpooled, took taxis, rode bicycles, walked and even drove horse and buggy to work and for errands.

The Montgomery African-American community protested, resisted, organized and pressured local and national elected officials, but they also created an alternative community and reality. Despite daily dehumanization and disenfranchisement, they did not wait for a political party to save them. They...created a new reality by means of protest and alternative transit."

Read the full article here

The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Bicycle