Community Cycles staff and board join our voices with so many who have spoken out to support justice and equality for all following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and the ensuing protests calling for change.
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and with all who are marginalized and disenfranchised in our country. Through the work we have been doing for the past 14 years, Community Cycles is uniquely equipped to work within our community to achieve social, economic and transportation equity.
Today, we reaffirm our commitment to equity in our own community with these actions:
We provide a workspace that is open and welcoming, provide hundreds of children and adults with no-cost and low-cost bicycles each year, and offer education that supports people in greater self-sufficiency, teaching them to keep their bicycles in working order. Sixty percent of bicycle riders in our county are low-income people (US Census, 1990- 2010).
We advocate for a more balanced transportation system that supports safe streets for all users in all neighborhoods. Our number one goal is the planning and building of our streets with lower design speeds so we do not have to rely on enforcement at all to achieve safer streets for everyone.
Moving forward, Community Cycles pledges to work to see that a variety of voices are at the table in transportation discussions and seek to have a broad range of viewpoints working together to create positive outcomes.
We are prepared to listen and learn new ways.