Moore’s efforts included persuading Metro Transit to put bike racks on its buses and convincing CEOs of some of the city’s largest employers to install biking facilities for commuters on their campuses. As a member of the Minneapolis Bike Advisory Committee and the state Bicycle Advisory Board, he was behind the push to get Minneapolis to put bicycle lanes on its streets.
Moore, who at 78 still rides three to four days a week, is most proud of the bike club that he co-founded with Walter Griffin to share his lifelong passion for cycling with others.
Biking “is freedom,” Moore said. “It’s solitude, time to reflect and enjoy some private time.”
More than that, biking is a sport for all ages and a way to stay fit and healthy.
“In the black community, obesity and heart disease are prominent,” Moore said. “We sell people on the premise that you need to do something to offset that. We know it is important to do something other than open a can of beer.”
The Minneapolis chapter of the bike club is one of about 60 across the United States.
Naturally, the group started small and, in its early days, raised a few eyebrows. Once, a Minneapolis police officer saw club members clad in their distinctive bright yellow, red and green jerseys out for a leisurely ride. The officer stopped to ask if they were a new type of gang.
“That was his reaction to seeing black people on a bicycle,” Moore said.
A lot has changed since then. The club now sporting about 70 members is well-known throughout the city. Members often help out at community events.
The club has diversified quite a bit, too. About half of its current members are minority members and half are white. It’s also a little gray.
“It’s harder to reach young people,” Moore said. “Technology has taken over and it’s hard to get them away from the screen. We’d love to have them.”