Equity in bicycling is taking front stage with the creation of a new Equity Advisory Council by the League of American Bicyclists.
Among the members named to the council are two with Chicago connections. Keith Holt (formerly an Active Trans staffer and founder of Milwaukee Bicycle Works) and Eboni Hawkins (founder of the Chicago chapter of Red, Bike and Green) have been selected to join a national panel of experts and advocates to help identify strategies for increasing equity and inclusivity in the bicycling movement.
The League states,
"One of the League’s priorities in 2013 — and beyond — is to change the face of bicycling and work toward true equity and inclusion in the movement. For years, diversity has been a buzz word, a one-hour conference topic. We need to do more. To address equity, an organization has to commit dedicated staff, time and funding...We’re excited to announce the launch of a strategic process engaging diverse leaders and advocates to assist in addressing equity and inclusion within our organization, its programs and external efforts. This work will be informed, developed and led by the newly convened Equity Advisory Council, comprised of 10 diverse leaders from different backgrounds working in their communities to get more people on bikes."
Congrats to the League and to Keith and Eboni for taking on this important work!