Celebrating Black History Month – 12th to 16th October

This is the second full week of Black History Month and our third article on Modeshift’s website and in our news bulletin to celebrate the contribution that black people have made and continue to make to create a better, more inclusive and well run transport system, as well as contributions towards active travel and air pollution.

This week we are celebrating:

Elbert R Robinson, a great inventor who helped to revolutionized rail. Elbert refined the electric railway trolley. In 1839, he received a patent for his invention. Robinson’s invention focused on the trolley’s wheels and it improved the way trolleys took turns. https://www.myrts.com/blog/Article/258/African-Americans-in-Transportation-History

Major Taylor (pictured), a cyclist who became the first African American to achieve World Champion at the World Track Championships. Marshall Walter ‘Major’ Taylor became a professional cyclist at the age of 18. In 1899 he won the sprint event at the1899 World Track Championships and became the first African American World Champion. Major Taylor also won the sprint event in 1900. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Taylor

Mani Arthur founder of Black Cyclist Network which aims to connect cyclists from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and encourage people of colour to take up cycling. The Black Cyclist Network is a majority BAME club that welcomes supporters and members from all backgrounds who share their vision. https://www.blackcyclistsnetwork.cc/#

Latoya Shauntay Snell founder of the food and fitness blog Running Fat Chef who at 28 years old, started learning to ride all over again. Latoya says “If you fall six times on a ride, take the lesson in that. And if you don’t fall at all, there’s a lesson there as well. Whether you’re working on winning a race, just completing a race, or having an adventure, keep showing up. Keep looking for ways to learn and to teach.” https://www.bicycling.com/culture/a33636740/latoya-shauntay-snell-advice-for-new-cyclists/

Granville T. Woods and Andrew Jackson Beard who were two great inventors that helped to revolutionize rail.

Granville T. Woods invented the Induction Telegraph System. This allowed trains to communicate with one another and prevented them from colliding into each other.

Andrew Jackson Beard - After losing a leg doing his job of linking railroad carts, Andrew invented the Jenny Coupler. It automatically linked carts without the need for a worker to do so.

https://www.myrts.com/blog/Article/258/African-Americans-in-Transportation-History





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