In 2011, she launched the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore, an Alabama club with 100 members and a mission statement: “No Spandex needed!” In Tennessee, the Murfreesboro Slow Ride Cyclists, which formed two months ago, calls itself “a never-get-left-behind fun bicycling group” with “baskets encouraged.”
“We’re mostly focused on ringing our bells and waving at kids and just cruising around and chatting with the person closest to you in line,” says Sarah Murray, a 40-year-old manager for the city of Chicago who founded the Slow Bicycle Society in Chicago in 2009 and has watched membership grow to 300 from 15 people. She rides a three-speed upright.
[I never understand the issue that surrounds spandex. Why the hatred? No one forces anyone to wear it and why care if someone else does? Also, why do you have to be either/or? Sometimes I like to ride slowly and be social, other times I like to ride as hard and fast as I can. Why does society always as me to choose? I refuse.]