A Reed College graduate who has gone on to be a leading voice on the intersection of racism and transportation reform advocacy will join Portland-based Microcosm Publishing for a live event on YouTube later today (5/28).
Adonia Lugo earned a degree from Reed in 2005 then went on to earn a Masters Degree and PhD in anthropology from UC Irvine. She spent two years as manager of the equity initiative at the League of American Bicyclists. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance was published by Microcosm in 2018.
Lugo is also one of the organizers behind Untokening, a group that has risen to prominence in transportation reform circles for work that, “Centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity.”[Read more…]
“How can bicycle advocacy be more inclusive?” and “How can we make streets safer without causing gentrification?” were central questions that Portlanders asked at a standing room only event on Thursday night.
“Transportation safety [advocacy] is tied up in other ways we decide who’s important and who’s not important.”
— Dr. Adonia Lugo
Adonia Lugo, a former bicycle activist with a PhD in anthropology, spoke at a packed event last night. Her recently published book, Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance (2018, Microcosm Publishing), follows the trajectory of her cycling experience — from becoming a bike commuter in Portland, to her work establishing the CicLAvia open streets event in Los Angeles, to her struggle to integrate equity during her tenure at the League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C.
“What was a moment when somebody said or did something that made you feel like an outsider in a bike space? Did it trigger unpleasant memories?”
That’s the prompt given by a new project that wants to share stories in order to raise awareness and help make the cycling world a bit more inclusive.
The Shifting Bike Culture blog is collecting and publishing anonymous essays from anyone who has something to share. We heard about it via a tweet from Adonia Lugo, a noted cultural anthropologist, bike culture researcher, and former equity iniative manager for the League of American Bicyclists. Dr. Lugo blogs at Urban Adonia and she’s also a former resident of Portland.
Here’s the explanation of the project taken from the Tumblr page:[Read more…]
Like many of you, I’ve been following the events in Ferguson and around the country very closely these past two days. Flipping from headlines to my social media feed, my head has been spinning with thoughts on issues ranging from racism and white privilege to our justice system and media culture. As last night’s protests spilled into the streets and freeways across America last night, this story came even closer to my own sphere of activism.
The shooting of Michael Brown and the decision by a Grand Jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson isn’t a BikePortland story. We cover bike news and culture. But we also cover social issues — like sexism, racism, gentrification, and so on — that often intersect with bicycling.
So this morning, when I followed a link (shared by Elly Blue on Twitter) that led to a publication of the League of American Bicyclist’s Equity Initiative, I knew it was something I wanted to share here on the Front Page.
Women’s Bicycling Forum in
Washington D.C. in March 2013.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Adonia Lugo, who received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Irvine who spent years as a community activist in Los Angeles, will speak at the Bureau of Transportation’s monthly “Brown Bag” discussion series this Thursday. Lugo earned her undergraduate degree from Reed College in Portland but returned to town only recently after stints in Los Angeles and Seattle.
In recent years, Lugo has emerged as a respected voice among transportation advocates due to her experiences and perspectives on how gender and race figure into bicycling policies, projects and priorities. During her time in Los Angeles, Lugo co-founded CicLAvia (that city’s version of Sunday Parkways) and City of Lights/Ciudad de Luces, a volunteer effort to provide bike lights and safe cycling information to Spanish-speaking immigrants, that has since become a stand-alone non-profit named Multicultural Communities for Mobility.