OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
Los Angeles County is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, providing untold cultural richness and creative inspiration for the county’s 10 million residents. However, our region also suffers from vast economic and environmental inequality. Certain communities disproportionately suffer from worse health and economic outcomes, which is ultimately a drag on the whole region’s growth and prosperity.
Transportation plays a significant role in creating and maintaining inequality in our region. Our freeways and goods movement infrastructure place disproportionate air quality burdens on low-income communities of color while often failing to meet the mobility needs of those same communities, who are more likely to rely on walking, biking, and transit as primary forms of transportation. The lack of investment in safe and accessible networks for walking and biking generally is particularly acute in low-income communities of color, which have the highest rates of traffic injuries and fatalities. BikeLA recognizes our role in shaping regional policy to address these disparities and advocates for intentional policies to address inequity.
BikeLA extends this commitment to equity to our own programs by intentionally prioritizing low-income communities of color for education, outreach, and advocacy resources. We further seek to engage partners and residents from these communities in shaping our programs to meet their needs. BikeLA's staff and volunteer recruitment also reflect our commitment to diversity by providing career and leadership opportunities for people from underserved communities. BikeLA chapters are encouraged to incorporate this commitment into their work. Staff will integrate equity themes into all BikeLA training and is available to provide support to local chapters. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all BikeLA programs operate without regard to race, color, or national origin.
BikeLA is a membership-based nonprofit organization that works to make all communities in LA County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike through advocacy, education, and outreach. BikeLA envisions a Los Angeles County that is a great place for every day, year-round bicycling. People live in healthier, more vibrant communities, where the air is cleaner and streets are both quieter and safer for everyone. More women, families, and children ride their bikes and appreciate opportunities to enjoy their neighborhoods and their city. All people, of varying cultures and backgrounds, can ride their bikes everywhere, safely and conveniently.