In Observance Of Juneteenth
Angelenos have been marching in the streets for 24 straight days. While it’s inspiring to see communities rise up in defense of Black lives, it’s heartbreaking to remember the unnecessary deaths brought on by systemic racism and police brutality.
Today is an opportunity for us to reflect on the end of a system that relied on the oppression and exploitation of Black people. First celebrated on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest celebration honoring the end of slavery in the US.
As advocates for streets that are safe to ride, it’s important for us to reflect on how we, as a cycling community, can do our part to acknowledge and fight against today’s systemic racism.
If you are going out and riding this weekend, we invite you to reflect on the past, look critically at our present, and work toward a more equitable future.
As inspiration, consider some of the following resources:
The Verge – Bikes Can Be A Tool for Protest — And Police Brutality
Bicycling – How Protestors Are Using Their Bikes to Fight Racism
The New Yorker – The Bicycle As A Vehicle Of Protest
If you would like to join a ride of protest, consider joining this one led by Womxn of Color: https://www.facebook.com/events/185688032759702
Please note that the organizers of this ride have requested that this only for people of color.
And finally, if you need a bike or do not want to risk your bike as you participate in protests, consider using Metro BikeShare, which is making all rides under 30-minutes free for this weekend.
We hope everyone is able to remain safe and healthy, even as they continue to take to the streets to show support for Black lives.
The team at LACBC