In the span of one month the StreetRiders have become a major presence in the Black Lives Matter movement in New York. Their weekly bike protests have taken over streets, bridges and highways and attracted thousands of people of all ages to rally against police violence. In this interview, Doug talks with StreetridersNYC co-founder Orlando Hamilton about how he found his voice as a political organizer, what bicycles bring to the protest movement and what it feels like to look out and see 10,000 people filling the streets of Times Square all in support of Black lives.
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“How Protestors Are Using Their Bikes to Fight Racism” (Bicycling)
“‘There’s no Bike Lanes. It’s Not Even Nice Roads’ – Biking As a Means of Protest and Exposing Racism” (Streetsblog)
“10,000 bicyclists participated in Black Lives Matter bike ride” (Brooklyn Vegan)
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[…] The War on Cars chats with StreetridersNYC co-founder Orlando Hamilton about the movement to use bikes as tools for protesting racial inequality and how cycling promotes independent mobility to support the Black Lives Matter movement. […]