Bicycle courses for a new kind of freedom

Bicycle courses for a new kind of freedom

Cities of Migration

Mama Agatha is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman living in cycle-friendly Amsterdam. An outgoing and vibrant woman known around the city’s Southeast neighborhood as a “community mother,” she has for the past five years taught other immigrant women how to ride bikes in a methodical 12-week course. She and her volunteer colleagues guide them from wobbly beginnings in a local gym to steady competence on local streets.

In sharing that fundamental skill, so much a part of the Dutch identity, Mama Agatha connects to women from around the world, helping them to gain a new kind of freedom within their adopted society.

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