BIKING WHILE BLACK: Continuing to Ride Through Decriminalization, Disenfranchisement & Gentrification, is an important look at the joys and challenges of biking while Black and the need for a transit future rooted in justice and equity.
The community ride is co-sponsored by People for Mobility Justice and Metro’s Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program.
The 30-minute documentary takes us on a journey to explore devastating realities of Black lives on bicycles, documenting the local activism rooted in faith and hope, and finally, celebrating the Black joy in claiming space in cycling and other outdoor activities that have historically left BIPOC folks out.
“Last year, when I set out to make the short 9-minute short BIKING WHILE BLACK: How Safe are Black Lives Bicycling? I didn’t anticipate how this film would travel the world and spur so many important conversations, said Director and Co-Producer Yolanda Davis-Overstreet.
“It was clear we had to make a sequel that addressed the problems in more detail as well as celebrating the incredible community efforts to claim space for Black and other BIPOC lives in the cycling community,” she added.
A recipient of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human mini-grant, BIKING WHILE BLACK chronicles the determination of communities and the fight to continue to ride through decriminalization, disenfranchisement, and gentrification.
BIKING WHILE BLACK will host a community ride starting at Leimert Park Plaza on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 4:00pm, followed by a screening at 7:30 pm at Ride On! Bike Shop/Co-Op located at 4395 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008.