As a chapter co-founded by women from Mexican and Chicanx, Salvadorean, Colombian, Filipinx, Dominican, Puerto Rican backgrounds with intersections of queer, questioning, femme, cis-gender identities, we are here for two things: to decolonize and vibe.
To us, decolonizing is co-creating, uplifting, and deepening the current labor of love that radical cycling communities are already doing to create bike spaces that speak directly to communities of color and centering the experience of BIPOC cyclists while also honoring the land we ride on. Vibing is creating a space for healing, individual and community growth, building confidence and community, while planting seeds for future generations.
We were introduced to one another through connections we had from cycling and healing community spaces we have participated in together such as Root to Bloom, Cycle Healers, and Bicis del Pueblo in San Francisco. Some of us are meeting for the very first time after finding one another through Bay Area Bike Folx, a community that has made it possible for FTWN-B cyclists to find one another throughout the Bay Area.
Through these connections, we seek to uplift the importance of environmental, transportation, and decolonial justice by investing our gifts, passion, and commitment to our communities into this chapter.
Natalia (she/her) is a Mexican-American daughter of immigrants. Currently residing in San Jose, the ancestral lands of the Tamyen tribe. Always keeping it real, unafraid to stand up for her beliefs and for other people on and off the bike. A member of the RAR Gravel team, typically unafraid to push herself to learn and always looking for people to join her in trying new things.
MC (she/her) is residing in the unceded ancestral land Yelamu of the Ramaytush Ohlone people, now referred to as San Francisco, MC is a queer, first-generation, Filipina, born and raised in SF’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Her passion for biking comes from her dad and uncles who delivered mail on bikes when they first arrived to this country in the ’70s. Her love for sustainable transportation modes comes from growing up in SF and having access to one of the most equitable forms of public transit in the country.
Kisai (she/her) is a Mexican-American daughter of immigrants. Currently residing in San Jose, the ancestral lands of the Tamyen tribe. Always (she/her & they/them) is a queer Domini-Rican femme born, raised & currently living on occupied Yelamu, Ramaytush Ohlone territory which is also commonly known as San Francisco, CA. She has been providing services & organizing in the youth development field since she was a youth herself. Kisai values cultivating spaces for building community, creativity, healing, joy, equity, self-determination and wellness. She created & founded Comm(UNITY), is an active team member of Bicis Del Pueblo, P.O.D.E.R, and a program manager at Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Jacqueline (she/her/they/them) is a Yelamu, Ramaytush Ohlone (San Francisco) born and raised educator and community organizer with Bicis del Pueblo and PODER. She loves plants, dogs, cafecito, sunshine, cumbia, and riding her bike Coyolxauhqui. A lifelong transit rider, she loves exploring the ins and outs of the neighborhoods that have seen her grow. She’s hella passionate and committed to bridging the intersections between culture, art, relationship to land to empower community — locally and across borders.
Dani (she/her) was born in Manizales, Colombia but has lived in the states since she was 10 years old. Before moving to this occupied Ramaytush Ohlone territory we call San Francisco, Dani lived and was raised in the Tocobaga, Pohoy, Uzita and Mocoso territories also known as Tampa Bay, Florida. Dani has a deep love and appreciation for the Bay Area, and a passion for biking, dancing, and being in community. As an action team member of Bicis Del Pueblo, Dani has had the opportunity to not only learn critical bike wrenching and riding skills, but also share those skills with others. She hopes to continue to do the same with RAR.
Christy (she/her) is a Filipinx-Salvadorean residing in the unceded ancestral lands of the Lisjan Ohlone people, commonly known as Oakland, CA. Her values are rooted in environmental sustainability and social justice, thinking in systems, and her radical lived experiences as a brown woman on a bike. Christy has led city-riding tutorials, bike maintenance pop-ups, and loves connecting to the land and its people.
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