Bicycling in South Central has always been about more than bicycling. For members of clubs like the South L.A. Real Rydaz, the bike has long been a vehicle for making change, whether it was giving themselves a new direction, building a sense of community, or giving back to the community. In taking to the streets and consistently reclaiming their space – and doing it in style – they’ve inspired others to follow their lead. And although the club scene has exploded over the last five years, these groups have tended to remain off the radar of most bicycle advocates. Hear about the origins of this unique bike culture, how important they are to the community, how community service fits into their mission, and why they can’t be ignored.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
California will never have the equitable, prosperous and inclusive communities that CalBike advocates for until we address and redress anti-Black violence. We want to actively contribute to ending systemic racism, especially in transportation policy, and most especially in bicycling advocacy. We promise to listen and learn how we can best do this work. To our community members who experience the violence of racism on a daily basis: we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.