Friends Without Drama Toronto Alley Cat June 24

FWOD social bike group is hosting Toronto's first Women, Trans, and Femme identifying ONLY alley cat June 24.

What is FWOD? Friends With Out Drama

FWOD-Toronto runs a weekly bike ride. In operation since July 2016, they meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. just inside the Trinity Bellwoods gates at Queen Street West and Strachan. It's is a social bike ride for women, trans, and femme identifying riders only. It's a 'no-drop' ride meaning they all stay together and go at a leisurely pace. This ride is for all types of bikes and all skill levels, and rides are usually under 25 km with anywhere from 5-12 riders. They try to expose our riders to riding in groups, riding in traffic, and riding safely all while having fun.

FWOD is an acronym that was born in Oakland California, where Sam Bell wanted to escape the 'bro' hierarchy of cycling. They wanted to ride bikes with like minded folks, who would help them feel safe and included in the bike community. Fast forward to almost 10 years later and FWOD social bike chapters have started in cities such as Brooklyn, Denver, Louisville, Milwaukee, Chicago, and so many more. Last summer one of the Toronto organisers was on a vacation in Chicago, and was invited to the ride... and felt she had to bring it home.

Since then FWOD Toronto has forged its own way into the many sub-cultures of the bike scene here.

What is an Alley Cat?

Toronto's bike scene has many sub-cultures that are often exclusive and male-centric. One of the subcultures of riding bikes includes an unsanctioned type of race called an 'Alley Cat' born within bicycle courier culture as a way to go fast and show off to your friends for high stakes and useful prizes. These races have been historically dominated by the machismo aspect of cycling.

In the last couple of years we have noticed a change for the better within the bike scene in Toronto. Bike centred organisations are taking the lead in extinguishing the 'bro' culture within our community. Giving WTF (women, trans, femme) a place to ride their bikes, fix their bikes, talk about bikes, and race their bikes.


FWOD-Toronto is hosting Toronto's first W.T.F. alley cat this Saturday.

This race is taking place June 24. Registration starts at 5 p.m. at the Trinity Bellwoods gates.

Registration is $10.00 and all proceeds go towards Bike Pirates.

Racers must bring a bag, lock and lights.

Race starts at 6:30 p.m.

You can get more info on Instagram @fwod_toronto or the Facebook event page.

Related on
2008 CMWC in Toronto (from issue 1)
Organized Chaos: Is Toronto the home of the first Alley Cat race? (available in hard copy only, issue 2)
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