[TheThinkTank] How is your bike co-op supporting racial justice? // ¿Como están apoyando la justicia racial en su colectivo?

Alysia Herr alysiaherr at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 11:33:51 PDT 2020

Hey all,

Thanks to Aida for bringing this up, and to everyone else for their

At Kickstand in Vancouver, BC, we are exploring the idea of offering small
grants to aspiring BIPOC mechanics.  We're still in the early stages of
planning, but some ideas:

   - Exploring a partnership with our distributors - this could look like
   discounts or donations of tools, parts, stands, etc.
   - Offering a budget ($500? $1000?) towards at-cost tools and parts in
   conjunction with or in lieu of the aforementioned partnership
   - Reaching out to our local bike mechanics school to see if they would
   be interested in offering reduced cost or free training

We are in a pretty solid financial position at the moment, so I think we
could foot the cost of this ourselves, but I'll also be looking into grant
funding to support this program.

I am *very *interested in any feedback folks might have. My hope is that
this program will uplift BIPOC folks and provide a means to gain a foothold
in the cycling industry. But as an all-volunteer organization, we don't
have the capacity, necessarily, to offer ongoing support beyond provision
of tools (and maybe external training).  I worry about that, but also am
conscious that ongoing support could end up being something more akin to
tokenism than actual support.  Feel free to contact me privately if any of
y'all want to continue this discussion off-thread.  (Also heeeey other
Vancouver shops - I haven't brought this up to y'all yet, but maybe we can


On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 11:02 AM Rachel Eckles <rachel.c.eckles at gmail.com>

> I am not involved with a bike co-op right now, just a supporter of what
> y'all do. But I came across this resource by the Triangle Bikeworks (in
> North Carolina) and it seems like a really great structure to a first
> conversation around white supremacist culture in the cycling world. This is
> a link to a doc that details their approach to this first conversation:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-KM8aNyv74YH0U_i6RYTKpGBJo4yxFp7yEkLiSbr6l8/edit
> Also sidenote: just want to love on this article on this being the summer
> of women on bikes
> https://www.cntraveler.com/story/its-the-summer-of-the-bicycle-and-women-are-leading-the-charge?fbclid=IwAR1R-YLALJD6toIeIaIIwxq8lQGR7JM4vQbiTzemwaw7_v0Vt-nPh40JMkg
> -Rachel
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 8:13 PM Carlyn Arteaga <carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org>
> wrote:
>> Here at BICAS we are also trying to figure out the best way forward, and
>> we've determined that we need to pursue multiple avenues including not only
>> direct services considerations, but also organizational education,
>> reflection, reconciliation, and even reparations. By no means is BICAS
>> perfect and we have a looong ways to go, but we have been working hard for
>> some years now at getting away from the "white bike bro" monoculture and
>> having some tough convos about general racial equity. But as part of
>> issuing a statement of solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, we
>> decided that it was important for us to identify our current endeavors as a
>> commitment to unlearning *anti-Blackness specifically*, as a thing apart
>> from a more general commitment to racial justice. Many non-Black POC
>> communities, after all, are just as steeped in anti-Black sentiment as
>> white communities, and we felt it was important to be clear about our
>> learning & unlearning efforts as they relate to this movement. That said,
>> we have only just begun.
>> ~Carlyn
>> -----------------
>> Español:
>> (Perdóname los errores, es que aprendí mi espanol en la cocina de mi
>> abuela):
>> Aquí en BICAS estamos tratando de identificar la manera mejora de avanzar
>> y decidimos que necesitamos perseguir avenidas varias, incluyendo no
>> solamente los servicios directos, sino también educación organizacional,
>> reflexión, reconciliación, y aun las indemnizaciones. Claro que BICAS no es
>> perfecto y nos queda mucho de hacer, pero hemos estado trabajando mucho
>> durante años recientes en salir del monocultivo "white bike bro" y hablar
>> de la equidad racial. Pero bueno, así que emitimos una declaración de
>> solidaridad con "las vidas negras importan" decidimos que fue importante
>> identificar nuestros intentos como una obligación desaprender *la
>> anti-negritud específicamente*, como algo distinto de nuestro compromiso
>> a la justicia racial en general. Es cierto que las comunidades "non-Black
>> gente de color" estan tanto llenado del racismo anti-negro como las
>> communidades blancas, y sentimos que fue importante ser muy claro sobre
>> nuestras esfuerzas de aprendar y desaprender en relación a este movimiento.
>> Ahora bien, estamos solo al principio.
>> ~Carlyn
>> --
>> *Carlyn Arteaga*
>> *pronouns: they/them/theirs*
>> Youth Program Coordinator
>> *BICAS*
>> 2001 N. 7th Ave. | Tucson, AZ 85701 | Shop: 520-628-7950
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>> affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling with
>> our greater Tucson community.*
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