I’m really proud to represent Bicis del Pueblo, as well as the larger PODER community.
In the past few years cycling has become an important part of my physical, mental and spiritual well-being, so finding more reasons to get on my bike is always good for me. Moreover, cycling is also part of my political praxis as a primary mode of transportation and as a vehicle for building community.
We know how destructive car culture is for the natural environment. Socially and culturally, it can be very insulating and anti-social. Moving towards alternative, and public forms of transportation and cycling is a personal step in contributing to a more environmentally and culturally healthy way of being in public space with others.
Climate justice is an issue that has global ramifications, which especially impacts poor and working-class BIPOC communities in the US, as well as indigenous peoples and non- Western countries.
The US and the collective Western world has disproportionately contributed to the rise in global carbon emissions for decades. Those of us who live in the US and the Western world have a responsibility to advocate and agitate for policies that directly relate to the issue. We are responsible to address the climate debt owed to communities and non-Western countries that have been (and will be) most impacted by climate change.