Ken Herar, founder of Cycle4Diversity, speaks to a crowd gathered at the Sikh Temple in Mission. / Kevin Mills Photo

Cycle4Diversity wraps up 7th annual ride

Riders spread the message of diversity and inclusion in Mission and surrounding areas

The Cycling4Diversity team wrapped their 7th annual ride at the Mission Sikh Temple last Friday where approximately 80 guests were in attendance.

The team traveled throughout various communities spreading the message of diversity and inclusion and spoke to eight schools over two days.

“Our message was well received by the schools and it was a positive experience for both the students and our team members,” said Ken Herar, Cycling4Diversity founder.

“People often ask how many miles we do. My response is simple, it’s not about the miles, it’s about how many conversations and personal connections we have along the way. That’s where we will see progress.”

Herar went on to say that developing young diverse leaders is “our primary goal and we definitely need more of it than ever. If more people see what we’re doing in regards to intercultural relationships, we will see change and hopefully less marginalization of various groups.”

He also said Mission is a destination where diversity is thriving and has always been the backbone of our community in every aspect.

During the week long ride, the team stopped at several locations, including Griner Park where a tree was planted and Albert McMahon students had the opportunity to listen to some of the riders.

Mike Bismeyer, a member of the C4D team said it was a “pleasure” to participate in the event.

It was “a great time riding over the days, as United To End Bullying and Cycling4Diversity continue their partnership,” he said.

“We met many, many passionate kids, teachers and local citizens, chanting to make a difference. Also, to have some of the local politicians attend was fantastic.”

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