Check it out: several mentions of Eco-Villagers Joe Linton, Jimmy Lizama, Adonia Lugo, Ron Milam and Eco-Village, too, plus many bicycle activist friends of LAEV. This is a lengthy article which will hold the interest of bike folks all the way through. Focusing on the upsurge in bicycle activism the past few years, it culminates in Stephen Box’s run for City Council.
But, overall, the article provides a very male perspective, with just brief mention of Adonia Lugo (who with Bobby Gadda and a few other Eco-Villagers brought CicLAvia to LA ) and too much criticism of dedicated LADOT project coordinator for bicycles, Michelle Mowery. Really, there are so many very actively involved women in the movement, and I hope we will start seeing many of them featured in the mainstream media in the positive light that they shine on this city.
Aurisha Smolarski-Waters is one of them, having contributed in major ways during her recent years with the LACBC. While she loves seeing our LAEV neighbors in the media, she urges our neighbors and friends to note the contributions of women when speaking with the media.
“This gender bias on bicycle issues has been an ongoing conversation among a few of us here in LAEV,” says Aurisha. “I am starting to wonder if it is not part of our mission living here to also think about this as a social justice issue, not only in the way we live, but also in the way we portray the history of the movements, which many of us are a part of, to the media. Being highlighted in the media is awesome and a great opportunity to start shifting the way people think,” she adds.