Introducing: Beverly!

“Introducing” is an ongoing series in which we ask bloggers, activists, allies, entrepreneurs and assorted Bostonians about their inspirations, motivations, super powers and experiences with street harassment. If you know someone you think we should feature here, please drop us a line!

Beverly is a Boston cyclist who laughs in the face of harassment – and who doesn’t love that?

Tell us about yourself – what are you into? I’m 40 and have been in Boston for 11 years now. Can’t imagine living anywhere else! I have four nephews who are so awesome I do not know how to put into words! I love to read, and I try writing from time to time. I also love music…I would blow my best friend off for a live show (to be fair, he would probably go with me, so the wrong I did him would be moot). I am also a huge Dowton Abbey fan and Anglophile. Most of all, I love to bike. It is my main mode of transportation, and I absolutely love being on any one of my three bikes.

Define your style: I am more of a classic girl, but I love statement pieces, mostly scarves or bags.

Favorite Boston fact: I am actually intrigued by the story of the candy factory explosion. I am sure at the time it was horrific, but it almost sounds like a Looney Tune cartoon.

Your favorite place in Boston? Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or Fenway Park, I cannot decide.

Have you experienced/witnessed street harassment in Boston? Absolutely.

What stood out most in your memory? Mostly that it was so unnecessary and lame. I was stopped at a light on Mass Ave. When the light turned green a lady sped up and turned right in front of me then yelled out the window, “Take the fucking bus!” I burst out laughing.

What’s your signature response to street harassment – your go-to Hollaback? I usually yell out British swear words-they don’t sound all that awful, and no one knows what they mean anyway. If it is truly egregious, the good words come flying out!

Your superpower is… I am one with the cats. They know me. All of them.

What are you excited about in 2013? I am currently unemployed and I am really excited to see where my career can take me!

What inspires you? What inspires me also humbles me. I am inspired by bravery. I was excited to see it come out during the bombing.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Really, it’s THAT bad? Really?

Thank you, Beverly! For more bike posts in honor of National Bike Month, stop by our archives.


We actively denounce the notion that street harassment is culturally accepted and that victims somehow "deserve" it. Through raising awareness and sharing experiences, we hope to put an end to catcalling, groping, stalking, public masturbation, assaults, racial slurs, and other forms of street harassment. Because we believe we have the power to create a world where we can feel hot, confident, and badass, while still feeling safe!

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