Bike Share Equity Video Series: Bridging Gaps

Multicultural Communities for Mobility developed a video series discussing key elements of bike share equity. In this video, MCM highlights the importance of bridging gaps through community engagement. To create a better bike share system, genuine partnerships are needed among transportation agencies, government officials, community-based organizations, local businesses, and residents. MCM values public participation and facilitating a dialogue that leads to transformation and equitable outcomes.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to bring equity to bike share via the hashtag #BikeShareEquity. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

This video is made possible with funding and support from the Better Bike Share Partnership

Storytelling Team:
Rio Contreras – Active Transportation Coordinator
Maryann Aguirre – Programs Specialist
Erick Huerta – Programs Specialist
Diane Velez – Programs Specialist
Veronica Pedroza – Evaluation Specialist
Maria Sipin – Advisory Board
Blue Veil Films – Filming and Editing

Demanding equity in bike share

Demanding equity in bike share: challenges and learnings from our yearlong research and outreach work

Written by Río Contreras, Maria Sipin and Anisha Hingorani

As bike share systems are introduced in cities and existing systems continue to mature, there is a heightened awareness about the threats that the presence of bike share poses to low-income communities of color. The Bay Area is a prime example. With this valid resistance and growing concerns, there also exists a cautious optimism that bike share, if implemented equitably, can be a valuable public resource for low-income communities and enhance the environment for biking for everyone overall.

What will it take for bike share in Los Angeles to better serve users who aren’t early adopters or affluent white people as seen in bike share data in other cities? Can Metro, the implementers of bike share, apply lessons learned from our outreach work to inform the future of bike share in downtown and the roll out of more bike share throughout the region?

MCM was tasked to get better insights about potential bike share users in downtown Los Angeles by leading outreach efforts in downtown Los Angeles to conduct workshops and to provide information to local workers, transit users, and people who predominantly speak Spanish about bike share. This community-engaged research project was funded by the Better Bike Share Partnership to learn about LA bike share during its infancy, initiated at the time of its launch in July 2016.

After a year of conducting surveys and having conversations, we generated a report with our partners about the community’s responses as well as a detailed account about the barriers we faced during this process–both in the streets and behind closed doors. This video discusses the challenges and limitations of a top-down approach to community engagement while also covering the strengths of the partnerships that emerged from this project. We highlight critical practices for building trust among partners who operate at different levels of power and financial resources.

This analysis comes from the perspective of a grassroots organization working with city and transit agencies with the goal of sharing practices and processes that could be beneficial to bike share implementers or their partners who are striving to create an equitable system.

Reflections on our bike share partnership over the last year

Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), an organization led by people of color and young professionals, entered a partnership with Metro, LADOT, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in 2016 to study, engage and inform low-income communities and communities of color about Metro’s new bike share system. In Los Angeles, the countywide transit agency is also the operator of its newest bike share system, which began in downtown. This research and outreach project was made possible with funding from the Better Bike Share Partnership.

MCM played an essential role in hiring project staff, creating goals, planning activities, identifying accessibility and institutional barriers, and defining what equitable bike share can look like in Los Angeles. Relative to our partners, our organization was younger with limited institutional power and operating budget, yet we were determined to inform the process and demonstrate how equity involves equal partnerships with peer organizations and community members.

MCM’s bike share project team was led by Río Contreras with administrative support by Anisha Hingorani. Our team of bilingual Angelenos of color who represent a broad gender spectrum from Trans* people, women and men took on roles as ambassadors, outreach and education specialists, and evaluators. Our engagement strategies included creating culturally-relevant materials in English and Spanish, designing surveys and launching a focus group to better understand the concerns of underserved communities we had most experience with–undocumented immigrants, low-income monolingual Spanish individuals, and those with limited access to banks, credit cards, or smartphones–in a geographic area with unique challenges. Our Board Co-Chair Maria Sipin served as a key adviser and thought partner to help our team navigate through the institutional processes and politics and maintain MCM’s position and core values.

The power of storytelling to highlight multiple facets of equity in bike share

In challenging institutional inequities, we found it most effective to use video narratives and storytelling to bring the concerns of the community to light in a compelling way. We are happy to say that we received supplemental funding from BBSP to continue to produce and release videos of community members discussing the various dimensions of equitable access to bike share. We would like to acknowledge Blue Veil films for working with us to tell the most authentic stories and joining us for the ride.

Please stay tuned and consider donating to MCM or attending our Anniversary party so that we can continue serving our communities and hiring talented and driven individuals from Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform our cities together.

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Additional “Equity in DTLA Bike Share” positions now open, applications due October 4!


Multicultural Communities for Mobility, a project of Community Partners (MCM), is looking for several positions to join the Los Angeles Better Bike Share Partnership Project (LABBSP Project) – a collaborative effort by Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and MCM. The LABBSP Project has been formulated to research and provide recommendations Metro may consider on how the Downtown LA bike share system can be equitable for all constituents of the city, namely low-income communities of color.

The following positions are available:

  • Evaluation Specialist: The evaluation specialist will work with MCM’s bike share team to develop data collection tools such as a bike share survey, analyze survey data, and aggregate information that will be used to create a report of our findings. The report will be used as tool to inform and recommend changes Metro can take to create an equitable bike share system in LA County. The evaluation specialist needs to have experience in qualitative survey analysis, particularly around gathering narratives. This is an independent contractor position that upon completion the payment will be $1,260 (40 hours at $30/hr). If interested, please submit a 1-page resume and 1-page cover letter to
  • Videographer: The videographer will work with MCM’s bike share team to capture visual stories from various community members and how they use transportation to/from/and within downtown Los Angeles, including bike share. The videographer will also follow the MCM’s bike share team as they engage in community-driven survey collection and bike safety education. The short videos will document educational methods and capture qualitative data of communities of color and its relationship to bike share. The videographer is expected to produce about five very short videos and one video that is about 5-7 minutes in length that captures our project. This is an independent contractor position that upon completion the payment will be $2,300 (46 hours at $46/hr). If interested please submit a 1-page resume and your portfolio or examples of videos to
  • Graphic Designer: The graphic designer will work with MCM’s bike share team to create educational and promotional materials to support our grant and research objectives. The designer is responsible for conceptualizing and creating culturally appropriate and engaging materials for our Spanish/English audience. This is an independent contractor position that upon completion the payment will be $1,250 (25 hours at $50/hr). If interested please submit a 1 page resume and send examples of work to
  • Bilingual Bike Ambassadors (6): The bilingual bike ambassadors will work with MCM’s bike share team to conduct outreach in Spanish and English at community events, presentations and activities, and collect surveys to solicit public input on access to bike services, such as bike share. This is a stipend position for 26 hours at $20/hour.  If interested please submit a 1-page resume and 1-page cover letter to

Queer Trans* Intersex people of color, women of color, people of color and people with a social justice and equity lens are strongly encouraged to apply. Please share this announcement with friends, family, and your networks. All application materials are due Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Positions are expected to start by mid-October 2016.

Thank you,

The Multicultural Communities for Mobility Team

Our bike share outreach work is supported by the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PeopleForBikes Foundation and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and funded by The JPB Foundation.

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MCM to lead outreach efforts to low-income cyclists for the Downtown L.A. Bike Share Program!

CmX6dnNWAAAyEz_From left to right: MCM’s Maria Sipin, Caro Vera, Rio Contreras and Allison Mannos with Metro’s new bike share bikes. Photo courtesy of Metro.

Thanks to all who joined us at the bike share launch last week! As part of the Better Bike Share Partnership, Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Metro and LA Department of Transportation are part of a collaborative effort to address equity barriers in DTLA’s bike share system. Thanks to our advocacy, MCM expanded the partnership’s outreach focus to launch the first surveying and community engagement efforts for Metro’s bike share system to ensure that the needs and concerns of low-income communities of color are heard.

Introducing our Bike Share Community Research Team!

We are thrilled to introduce our bike share community research team. These individuals are skilled, passionate leaders and will be implementing innovative community engagement strategies in English and Spanish, developing relationships with community partners, and facilitating conversations with Downtown workers, students, and residents on how to make bike share accessible to all. Please join us in celebrating and welcoming them!

Active Transportation Project Coordinator

Rio-SR3A5275_72Rio (Jill Contreras) has been a bicycle educator and advocate since 2002. In 2007, they – gender pronoun- were certified as a League Cycling Instructor and in 2015 as a School Cycling Instructor.  Rio has taught over 8,000 students in bicycle education and engaged many in bicycle advocacy. Rio has mostly worked with people who are low-income, undocumented, Spanish speaking or Queer Trans People of Color.  Rio’s commitment to bicycle use is wide (from arts to infrastructure), yet they are most invested in ensuring equity, accessibility, and justice within the growing national bicycle “momentum.”



Active Transportation Education Specialists

20160228_lci_refresh_IMG_9976Kris Fortin is a Los Angeles native, but he currently splits his time with his home region and Orange County/Santa Ana. Kris has been a journalist for more than eight years, making stops at Planetizen, Los Angeles Streetsblog and the Orange County Register. When he’s not writing articles, he’s advocating for equitable transportation infrastructure in low income communities of color with Santa Ana Active Streets. Kris is currently working on a semi-biographical book of fiction about growing up in suburbia. His favorite activities are riding his bike in pitch-black darkness, chatting with his dad in the mornings, hugging his mom, and napping on hammocks. You can call him catorce.


ErickHuertaErick Huerta is a digital strategist and communications consultant for non-profits, labor unions, and grass-roots organizations. He has a background in journalism from East Los Angeles College, is a hyper local blogger for the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, and freelance writer. Erick is an advocate for immigrant’s rights, cyclist of color, and working class communities. You can follow him online as El Random Hero.



Community Engagement Specialists

dianeDiane Velez is a public health advocate with a background in reproductive health and the built environment’s effect on the health of communities. Previously she served as a wellness ambassador providing health resources for the Boyle Heights community at The Wellness Center – LAC + USC General Hospital. She is a proud community college transfer to UCLA where she obtained a degree in Anthropology and recently obtained a Masters in Public Health from SDSU. Diane is a San Gabriel Valley resident and lived in Bogota, Colombia as a child – where she spent countless Sundays riding and playing through the original “Ciclovia”.


PalenqueChiapas 12Zena Zendejas traces her ancestral path to Los Angeles from the Villamar hills and cobblestone streets of Zamora, Michoacán. Like the monarch butterflies who recognize no borders in their migration, Zena keeps decolonization on her mind and sees climate justice as integral for transnational healing. As Community Engagement Specialist with Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Zena hopes to collect the stories and ideas of the Spanish-speaking commuters of Downtown Los Angeles, helping to elevate their voices in an effort to make equitable transportation a reality.

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Our bike share community engagement efforts are supported by the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PeopleForBikes Foundation and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and funded by The JPB Foundation.

Job Opportunities: MCM hiring for part-time bike share outreach in DTLA


Photo courtesy of Metro

Multicultural Communities for Mobility is excited to announce the launch of Metro’s bike share system in downtown Los Angeles on July 7, 2016. This summer, we look forward to this significant milestone in Los Angeles transportation and being part of a pilot project following this launch.

MCM has partnered with Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to launch a pilot project to engage, inform, and educate low-income community members about bike share with the goal of learning about their use of the system, their concerns, barriers, and interests related to biking. Thanks to our advocacy, L.A. now has the opportunity to make bike share work for ALL of our communities, by launching the first surveying and community engagement efforts targeted at low-income communities of color.

MCM will be hiring LA’s very first bike share community engagement and research team with part-time contractor roles by July, including an:

…and more to be announced.

We want culturally competent, bilingual (especially Spanish) people of color and/or LGBT folks to apply! Please share this announcement with friends, family, and your networks! Applications are due Friday, June 17, 2016.

Our bike share outreach work is supported by the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PeopleForBikes Foundation and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and funded by The JPB Foundation.

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Local Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

Local Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks
Maria Sipin to participate in “Walkable Communities” training program

Maria Sipin awarded America Walks 2016 Walking College fellowship

Maria Sipin, advisory board member for Multicultural Communities for Mobility, awarded America Walks 2016 Walking College fellowship

Los Angeles, CAAmerica Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced today that Maria Sipin of Multicultural Communities for Mobility has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.

The Fellowship will enable Sipin and 24 other advocates from around the country to participate in a four-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable. “We are delighted to welcome Maria Sipin as a member of our 2016 Walking College class,” said Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director with America Walks, “This program was developed in response to our findings that access to technical assistance and a national peer network are among the most pressing needs for advocates working at the local level.”

Maria Sipin will complete a six-module distance-education training program this summer and participate in the international Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in September.

“I’m looking forward to applying what I gain from the Walking College to address the high number of injuries and deaths affecting people walking in Los Angeles, especially in low-income neighborhoods and areas where people walk or bike as their primary mode of transportation. In these communities, people are walking in large numbers so it’s not just a matter of getting more people to walk; it’s about making places safer and better for walking.”

Maria Sipin is a community advocate who is passionate about transportation in Los Angeles and is an experienced bike safety instructor who works with children and adults. She volunteers for Multicultural Communities for Mobility and serves as an advisory board member to prioritize equitable policies and programs to address the needs of people who walk, bike and use public transportation in Los Angeles. She participates in the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance and serves as a Metro council member for the Westside Central service area.

“There are local initiatives such as the Mobility Plan and Vision Zero and existing organizations doing this work, and I would like to complement what’s happening now, focus on one or two districts, collaborate, and generate support and funding to create safer streets, sidewalks, and places. There’s a role for everyone to play in creating more walkable communities.”

The Walking College curriculum has been designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Topics include the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers. At the conclusion of the Walking College, Fellows will develop a task-oriented Strategic Plan for improving walkability in their communities.

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About The Walking College: The Walking College is supported with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Mentoring will be provided by national leaders in the field, including representatives of WalkBoston, Circulate San Diego, the PedNet Coalition, and Walk2Connect. More info. at

About America Walks: America Walks is the only national organization devoted exclusively to making America a great place to walk. America Walks consists of a network of more than 700 partner and allied organizations, working to increase walking and create more safe, accessible and inclusive places to walk. Programs include on-line technical assistance, community-based workshops, convenings such as the National Walking Summit, federal advocacy initiatives, and increasing financial resources for local action. America Walks also maintains the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, a national partnership focused on increasing the visibility of walking and cultivating consumer demand for more walkable places. More info. at

About Multicultural Communities for Mobility:

Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), a project of Community Partners, organizes for safe and accessible transportation for low-income communities of color in Los Angeles. MCM has nearly 10 years experience in community empowerment and movement-building to serve people who walk, bike, and use public transit as their primary transportation. MCM has a colorful history of teaching bicycle safety to people of all ages, leading walking and biking tours connecting neighbors with art and history, and leading the charge for social justice-driven active transportation work. Today, MCM is a growing organization that is dedicated to bridging grassroots needs and public processes.


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Interview Project Findings from Local Influencers and People who Bike

Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) conducted ten interviews for the League of American Bicyclists in June with people in the community who regularly ride a bicycle (who will be referred to as cyclists only for brevity) and with people who are regarded as influencers and local leaders in policymaking and community organizing. This project is part of the League’s Equity Initiative.

MCM identified cyclists: people we have interacted with our programs in the past, were within reach in the communities we work in, and/or belong to groups who have been detached from mainstream and existing bicycle advocacy efforts. On the other hand, the influencers were sought out because they are key leaders whose work on many levels impacts the community members we serve and the cyclists we interviewed.

Findings from Cyclists:

Cyclists interviewed represent low-income, people of color, including people who identify as young parents, queer, and at-risk for gang violence at some point in their life. They all ride regularly and would be considered as avid bike commuters. They were asked about bike laws and have general knowledge and awareness of bike maintenance and light requirements. They shared their joys related to biking as well as their concerns, which centered on their disdain for distracted driving, disrespect from drivers, and uncertainty about what to do if they were hit.

One of the most memorable quotes was from Big C about drivers, “They see us but then they don’t see us.”

The cyclists were also asked about their sources of medical care, which ranged from preferring home remedies to having a primary care doctor available to them. While biking has risks for them, they talked about its value for their independence, well-being, connected to their environment, and economic benefits.

Good air quality and the presence of green space, bike infrastructure, affordable and quality housing, and better jobs and better wages are tied to community health.

Another major issue is law enforcement, criminalizing low-income people of color and those who are vulnerable on a bicycle or riding public transportation.


Findings from Influencers:

Influencers working in different sectors had public health related priorities in common. According to the influencers, there is a need for collaboration, coordinated efforts, and non-traditional partnerships to create progress.

In Los Angeles, our low-income communities are burdened by chronic diseases and increased risk for car-related injuries and deaths. It’s critical to take on structural changes; address social determinants and recognize the role of the built environment and policies affecting community health rather than solely focusing on individual choices or genetics. Good air quality and the presence of green space, bike infrastructure, affordable and quality housing, and better jobs and fair wages are tied to community health. A commitment to Vision Zero and action to move toward zero deaths is a step in the right direction. There is a need for political will and elected officials to champion these causes, to make the right decisions in favor of health for all and for the lives of those who walk and bike. While the pending bike share system is causing a buzz around the thriving Downtown area, there are major concerns about other bike-related issues left untouched and lacking attention from transportation agencies.

Equity remains an issue. Better serving those who already bike as a necessity is just as important as getting more people to bike. Another major issue is law enforcement, criminalizing low-income people of color and those who are vulnerable on a bicycle or riding public transportation. The prison industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline are major concerns. Providing a quality education and engaging youth to shape and lead their communities is essential to creating a better present and future Los Angeles.

The findings, along with a power map, were presented on July 16, 2015, in Minneapolis at the National Brotherhood of Cyclists Conference at the session: “The League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Council Project: Equity in Motion.”

This research project was sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists as part of their Equity initiative. Members of the Equity Advisory Council and invited consultants from six cities across the United States will present research from interviews and power mapping projects to uncover new perspectives on the power dynamics involved in bicycle advocacy.

Tweets from the event:

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Los Angeles Issues and Highlights

  • Criminalization of low-income people riding bicycles and using public transportation
  • Prison industrial complex
  • Gentrification
  • Police brutality
  • Inequities related to bike programs and infrastructure (bike share, bike lanes, etc.)
  • Legal issues and resources for people
  • Physical safety when biking
  • Vision Zero
  • Medical coverage and costs
  • Air quality
  • Sustainability
  • Placemaking
  • Strength of communities
  • Access to bicycles
  • Access to bicycle infrastructure
  • Competition between active transportation and car use
  • Stigma of riding bicycles
  • Narrow and limited participation in advocacy
  • Need for broadening participation through groups outside of traditional active transportation advocates
  • Perception of bicycle as an interest of only a minority of the population
  • Land use and affordable housing
  • Bikesharing
  • Engineering, and “engineering as 24-hour enforcement”
  • Absence of data/research
  • Identifying high-need cities/neighborhoods to receive funds to improve health
  • Elimination of or lack of green spaces
  • Cities with high-need and low-income residents negatively affected by corruption
  • Housing costs, displacement, and long commutes
  • More coordinated efforts between county health and cities
  • Empowerment as additional League “E”
  • Wage theft
  • Mental health
  • Image of typical cyclist and more diverse image of actual cyclist
  • Bike theft
  • Disregard for 3-foot Law
  • Bicycles for independence and experiencing surroundings
  • Distracted driving
  • Holistic wellness methods versus commercialized health care
  • Riding bicycles to deter people from gang involvement
  • Bike clubs as a positive activity
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Acquiring bicycles as a gift from friends, supporters, family members
  • Infrequent bus schedules as an inconvenience
  • Sidewalk riding due to terrifying street conditions
  • Mobility and safety concerns for queer and trans people higher when walking than when biking
  • Street harassment and assault
  • Theft
  • Need for driver education
  • Driving under the influence
  • Institutional racism
  • Classicism
  • Autonomy and superhero feeling when biking
  • Good feelings associated with riding a bicycle and the physical benefits of biking
  • Bicycle is economical
  • Respiratory concerns related to biking due to pollutants and vehicle emissions
  • Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) coverage for low-income residents
  • LGBT health center for primary care
  • Uncertainty about medical care if hit by a car
  • Respect on the street among all road users
  • Stress on the road
  • Car sharing and carpooling as alternatives when needed
  • Literacy
  • Violence in communities
  • Pot holes
  • Challenges of riding public transportation with young children
  • Social element of riding bicycles with others

MCM Boyle Heights Promotores

Boyle Heights Promotores Program:

Multicultural Communities for Mobility led a bike advocacy campaign in the fall of 2014, focusing on the proposed bike lanes in Boyle Heights on Boyle and Soto. Using the promotores model of organizing, project leaders Rio Contreras and Maryann Aguirre recruited advocates from within the community. The project included a survey of the community’s bike/ped needs, a much needed conversation on gentrification and how bike lanes do or not contribute, and a bici paseo that recruited local bike-friendly businesses to show their support.

The team created a space for the local community to engage in conversations on the importance of cyclist and pedestrian safety, issues experienced by cyclists in Boyle Heights daily, health and socio-economic inequities, and the very real problem of looming gentrification.

This is only the beginning of the conversation in Boyle Heights, but we hope this video helps organizations and groups across the state and the country better understand how to engage, work with and empower communities of color to speak for themselves.

Special thank you to CalBike for supporting this program.

Gathering Community Support:

The team had posters made with images of people that represent the community to demonstrate the diversity of cyclists within the neighborhoods; from abuelas to small businesses – why shouldn’t their voice be represented in the decision-making conversations? As the City of Los Angeles hosts meetings to get public feedback on the proposed bike lanes across the city, how can we make sure the young women, the youth, and the abuelos are at the table?

These were posted on store fronts throughout Boyle Heights. The back of each poster lists conditions for city and county planners to take into consideration, including infrastructure that better supports cyclists an pedestrians, access to free or low-cost bike safety education classes, diversion programs for first-time bike law offenders, and more. Please click HERE to see our list of bike-friendly businesses in the area. Show them some love by stopping by – buy a cup of coffee and pan dulce, get your hair done, or finally get that tattoo you’ve always wanted!


Women Bike, Women Lead

Women Bike, Women Lead: A social conference for women transforming their communities through bikes

By the end of the event series and pilot program, participants completed two bike rides and were given the opportunity to attend local summit for a group of 30 to discuss issues related to biking in Los Angeles and the projects, leadership, funding, collaboration, and people-power needed to make the city better for people who bike.

Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) reached those who are new to biking and bicycle advocacy. With the support of a large group, women navigated their very first ride on the streets with ease. The Los Angeles ride was also featured in a music video from Las Cafeteras. At the summit, many were engaged in their first in-depth discussion about bicycling and gender, equity, policy, and media through the panelists and small group activities. See the Storify recap by LACBC here.

The organizers thank the League of American Bicyclists Women Bike Program for launching this program. Other contributions include event space from Community Partners, food from Chipotle and KIND Snacks, gear from Timbuk2, and donations from community members. Women Bike, Women Lead is exploring options and directions for this program. Stay tuned!

Photo by David Koo.

Los Angeles Ride featured in Las Cafeteras “Mujer Soy” Music Video. Photo by David Koo.

Photo by David Koo.

La Verne Ride. Photo by David Koo.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) are partnering on a women-led series of bike rides and workshops from January to April 2015 designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking.

The Women Bike, Women Lead series is also dedicated to empowering women to expand personal and professional goals related to active transportation, especially for those who are new to advocacy and community mobilization.

The bike rides and workshops are provided at no cost and reserved for women-identified participants.

Presenters at the Women Bike, Women Lead Summit

Presenters at the Women Bike, Women Lead Summit

Women Bike, Women Lead Summit Agenda

  • 9:30 am Registration and Morning Snacks
  • 10:00 am Opening Introductions by organizers Daniella Alcedo and Maria Sipin
  • 10:30 am Activity
  • 11:00 am Panel: Community health and equity with Tamika Butler, LACBC; Vanessa Gray, CICLE; Rio Contreras, MCM
  • 12:00 pm Panel: Local policy and planning with Rubina Ghazarian, LA City, and Avital Shavit, Metro
  • 12:45 pm Lunch and Exhibits
  • 1:30 pm Media and Marketing with Melissa Balmer and Kellie Morris, Pedal Love
  • 2:30 pm Activity
  • 3:00 pm Closing
  • 3:30 pm Social bike ride with Daniella Alcedo, Women Talk Bikes

The Women Bike, Women Lead series is funded by the League of American Bicyclist’s Women Bike Mini-Grant Program with support from LACBC and MCM. Thank you to Community Partners for the venue and Timbuk2 Venice Store for your sponsorship.


  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 11am – 2pm – Pomona Valley Ride: La Verne to Bonelli Park, San Dimas (free)
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 10am – 2pm – Los Angeles Ride: Downtown LA to South LA (free)
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm – Community Partners at California Endowment Building, Los Angeles

Donations and drawings:

Donate to be entered in a drawing for this custom design by MCM

Donate to be entered in a drawing for this custom design by MCM

Bags sponsored by Timbuk2 Venice Store.

Bike ride in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 21st. Meeting place: Downtown Los Angeles between City Hall and Grand Park on Spring Street.

Bike ride in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 21st. Meeting place: Downtown Los Angeles between City Hall and Grand Park on Spring Street.

Women Bike, Women Lead

1.24.15 – The first bike ride in the Women Bike, Women Lead series of events hosted by MCM and LACBC. Art by Yessica M. Avila.

This series is organized by Daniella Alcedo, founder of Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Maria Sipin, advisory board member (MCM)– two women who have spent the past few years engaged in active transportation-related work and believe in the value of making educational opportunities and mentorship accessible to women and young professionals.

For more information regarding this media release, please contact Maria Sipin, maria (at) multicultimobility (dot) org.


Family Bicycle Safety Class at Nightingale Middle School

MCM Bike Safety Class - Nightingale Middle SchoolYou are invited to attend a bicycle safety class at Nightingale Middle School. Multicultural Communities for Mobility encourages families and children to attend the two-hour workshop to learn more about road rights, rules to know, and how to handle situations on the streets and on Metro transportation.

The first 15 participants will receive free helmets and a set of bike lights, bike safety material, and snacks.

We encourage participants to bring their own working bicycles. Those who do not have one will be provided a bicycle to borrow on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Miguel Ramos if you would like to participate: miguel at and (626) 375-6799.

Thank you.

Event information

Date: October 22, 2014

Time: 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. (2 hours)

Address: 3311 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Special thanks to:

Nightingale Middle School, The Bike Oven, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, and LA Conservation Corps