RAR Bay Area is currently led by non-binary and femme folks with Brazilian, Chinese, Mexican, Filipina, Honduran, and Salvadoran heritage, with intersections of LGBTQIA, masculine/femme, and cis-gender identities. We are here for two things: to decolonize and to live in joy.
To us, decolonizing is co-creating and deepening the current labor of love that radical cycling communities are working towards to create bike spaces that directly support communities of color that center the experience of Indigenous, Black and Brown cyclists while also honoring the land we ride on. Celebrating joy means creating a space for healing,community growth, creativity, cultivating confidence and community, while planting seeds for future generations.
We are interested in continuing to uplift the vision of those that came before us while coming together with our passion for: adventure, community and celebration.
*Community organizations that have inspired and informed our work include: Root to Bloom, Cycle Healers, Bicis del Pueblo in San Francisco, Los Angeles Rooted/Roots In Motion, and 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, NY.
*We would like to honor the co-founders who started the Bay Area Chapter, a group of women from Mexican and Chicanx, Salvadorean, Colombian, Filipinx, Dominican, Puerto Rican,backgrounds with intersections of queer, questioning, pansexual-bi, femme, cis-gender identities. The original cohort met 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 sought to uplift the importance of environmental, transportation, and decolonial justice by investing our gifts, passion, and commitment to our communities into this chapter.
Natalia (they/them) is a Mexican-American child of immigrants. Currently residing in San Jose, ancestral lands of the Tamyen tribe. Always keeping it real, unafraid to stand up for their beliefs and for other people on and off the bike. Typically unafraid to push themself to learn and always looking for people to join them in trying new things.
Christy (she/her) is a Filipino-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.
Emma (she/her) is of Cantonese heritage, and was raised on the unceded ancestral lands of the Chumash, and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ peoples, in sunny SoCal and the rainy PNW respectively. Emma now resides in Yelamu, on the unceded ancestral lands of the Raymatush Ohlone. She believes that bikes are vehicles for fun, friendship and freedom. And that everything is better with ice cream.
Cinthia Marisol (they/elle) is a queer writer and interdisciplinary artist from Honduran-Salvadoran descent, residing in the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. In both my life and art practice, I strive toward manifesting a balanced understanding of gratitude, purpose and intention.
Sophia (she/her) is a Brazilian-American who was raised between South Africa, Brazil, Seattle, WA and Eastern Oregon. From using a bike to complete her newspaper routes as a child to bikepacking as an adult, Sophia strongly believes in the power of cycling to nurture adventure, self-confidence, and an environmentally-centered understanding of the world. She is passionate about adventure preparedness. Sophia currently resides in Oakland, CA, the ancestral lands of the Ohlone people.
RAR Chapters will advocate, support, and uplift BIPOC and FTWN-B cyclists in their local communities! Find a RAR Chapter in your area and learn more about each group.
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Give a warm welcome to the eleven new RAR Chapters! We had over twenty applications from BIPOC and FTWN-B organizers nationwide and beyond. We mainly sought groups in different regions who had a solid core group to build out their community efforts. THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to apply. Twenty-one RAR Chapters will advocate, support, and uplift BIPOC and……
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Want to start a Radical Adventure Riders Chapter in your area? RAR is expanding the Chapter Program for up to 20 chapters with funding, training, and support to carry out RAR’s mission! Radical Adventure Riders launched the Chapter program in 2021, to support and build a more inclusive cycling and outdoor community for femme, trans……