Long after dusk, the darkened streets of SanTana-heim are traveled by immigrant Latinos pedaling home from work on bicycles, a reality far removed from Irvine’s recreational bike paths.
For Chicana anthropologist Adonia E. Lugo, cycling says as much about race and class in society as anything else. She opens her new book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance, with a tribute to Jose Umberto Barranco, a cyclist traveling home when fatally struck by a drunken driver in Dana Point a decade ago.
From there, the San Juan Capistrano native seeks to shift gears on how biking advocacy can move toward focusing on urban infrastructure that centers those who are cyclists out of necessity and better prevents them from the harm that cost Barranco his life.
Lugo’s is a vision where a bike path leads to a more just community. Until then, don’t forget to wear your helmets!
Adonia E. Lugo presents Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance reading at LibroMobile, 202 E. Fourth St., Ste., 107, Santa Ana. Thurs., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!