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Loving The Coast And Destroying It: A California Conundrum
The little brick cottage my great-grandmother's second husband built in Corona Del Mar in the 1940s stood for decades up the street from CDM Main Beach in Orange County, California. The two queens of our family, Grandma and Great Grandma, reigned there thro...
The little brick cottage my great-grandmother's second husband built in Corona Del Mar in the 1940s stood for decades up the street from CDM Main Beach in Orange County, California. The two queens of our family, Grandma and G...
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Street Pain
In the summer of 2013, I was living in SE Portland on the corner of 32nd and Stark, a popular street for biking. One night a friend and I were inside watching a movie when a sickening crunch outside grabbed our attention. I felt a surge of panic and looked ...
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The Multiple Meanings of Equity
I've got a chapter in a new academic volume called Sustainability in the Global City , and recently another contributor, Professor Miriam Greenberg, invited me to participate in an online educational resource called Critical Sustainabilities . Talking with ...
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Bicycling, Above or Beyond Traffic Laws?
I ride in a cycle track on my morning commute. This narrow strip of pavement, separated by parked cars from a one way street with three lanes of traffic, gets very busy in the direction of downtown DC. Some people ride a little wobbly, on bikes that don't f...
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What Bike Equity Isn't
Equity isn't The width of a lane A couple extra inches That make us all the same Equity isn't A smiling brown face And hot pants on a bike Sex in an exotic place Equity isn't A list of easy steps That make our biggest problem Into boxes you can check Equity...
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Underground
I live underground. I seem to be whole. I have two arms, two legs, A head. I can move freely, If I stay down. Surfacing is tricky. Some people don't want to see all of me. They can accept My fingers, maybe some knuckle. Sometimes I can reach out as far as m...
I live underground. I seem to be whole. I have two arms, two legs, A head. I can move freely, If I stay down. Surfacing is tricky. Some people don't want to see all of me. They can accept My fingers, maybe some knuckle. Somet...
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For The People Protesting in Baltimore's Streets
Below are my notes from a talk I gave through LiveMove and the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene last week. The paper I read is a work in progress, but I'm posting it unfinished in solidarity with the prote...
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Maybe Bike Share Just Isn't Equitable
One of the biggest topics taking up airtime in the resourced part of the bike world is the development and expansion of bike share systems. I've been asked about "equity" and bike share many times. After about the 15th request for my expert opinion on the t...
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Bicycling Beyond Bike Advocacy
I often hear people describe me as leading change in bicycling, in the sense that I am championing the inclusion of something new. I'd like to clarify something: I'm not bringing anything new into bicycling . I try to use my anthropology training to bring m...
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N-M-A-I
The other day I rode my bicycle To the National Museum of the American Indian I wanted to see with my own eyes What I've started to feel That other ways of living Pre-conquest, those were real Before the moment of contact And long after it too People made c...
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Don't Make a Chipwich out of Me
I'm a chipster , a Chicana hipster. I grew up wearing vintage clothes and lying on the brown shag carpet behind the ripped up screens of our 1970s stucco apartment in a Mexican ethnoburb, whose suburban lawns and pools didn't keep white outsiders from calli...
I'm a chipster, a Chicana hipster. I grew up wearing vintage clothes and lying on the brown shag carpet behind the ripped up screens of our 1970s stucco apartment in a Mexican ethnoburb, whose suburban lawns and pools didn't ...
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Mobile Microaggression Machine
[Let's say I managed to record the last time a man driving an SUV said "get off the road" to me as I rode by on my bike, and then I super slowed it down and this is what I heard] Hey you on the bike What are you doing here? Can't you see you don't look like...
[Let's say I managed to record the last time a man driving an SUV said "get off the road" to me as I rode by on my bike, and then I super slowed it down and this is what I heard] Hey you on the bike What are you doing here? ...
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Adonia E. Lugo, Ph.D.
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I am a Chicana cultural anthropologist. Since 2008, I've been studying human infrastructure, power, and street culture through participation in grassroots bike projects centered in social justice and sustainability. In Los Angeles, I co-founded CicLAvia and City of Lights/ Ciudad de Luces (now Multicultural Communities for Mobility). I also created labikemvmt.org, a collaborative history of the LA bike movement. In 2012, as the Seattle Bike Justice Project, I conducted interviews about bicycling with leaders in Seattle's communities of color. I currently live in Washington, DC. You can learn more about my work at urbanadonia.com.
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