Equal Bike Access for All?

Do people of color have equal access to the city’s bike sharing programs? This week’s guests from the Biking Public Project don’t think so – and they tell Independent Source’s Zyphus Lebrun what their organization is doing to change that. Author Nelson A. Denis talks about his book “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.” And then there’s a look at the Havana Film Festival New York.

Do J. Lee and David Bernal of the Biking Public Project discuss how color and class factor into the conversation about access to transportation, with a focus on the city’s bike sharing program Citi Bike. “We often see the cycling community as dominated by the Mamils – middle-aged men in lycra.” But cycling is much more diverse than that, says Lee.

“Part of what we’re trying to advocate for is taking a look at bicycling and looking through that lens of systematic injustice and how can we adjust those and bring those concerns to the table so we can actually make these streets more equitable for everyone involved.”

Watch the segment at 1:02.

Then host Garry Pierre-Pierre sits down with Nelson A. Denis, the author of “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.” The book looks at the mid 20th century revolution in Puerto Rico – the fight between the Puerto Rican independence movement and the U.S. appointed stewards. Watch at 13:49.

Finally, it’s over to the 16th Havana Film Festival New York (April 9-17), which features films from South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. The HFFNY provides an opportunity not always available in the mainstream media, says festival coordinator Diana Vargas. Joining her is John Sikes, a producer on one of the featured films, “The Troublemaker, Behind the Scenes of the United Nations.” The segment begins at 21:04.

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