A newly-assembled bike awaits its new owner during the Chiquitas Ciclistas event in the Eastside. Photo by Rachel Chaney

Ride2Vote: Help Pedal our City Forward

You’ve read the reports; not enough people are voting. Only 12.2% of registered voters turned up at the polls for the May 9 election – more than usual, but still not a representative slice of the public – so some local organizations are taking it upon themselves to break that trend.

A young woman tightens the seat of her bike during the Chiquitas Ciclistas event in the Eastside. Photo by Rachel Chaney

With Bikes Built, Girls on the Eastside are Ready for Action

Yesterday 120 expectant and grateful girls built 120 bikes at Lockwood Park on the city’s Eastside. These “Chiquitas Ciclistas” didn’t build alone. Moms, big brothers, stepdads, bike enthusiasts, and caring adults in the community guided them.  Edith Lopez Estrada, a fixture at Women’s Wrench Night, led the assembly.  This event marked the beginning of a partnership between the Earn-A-Bike Co-op and the Martinez Street Women’s Center’s Girl Zone program (see photo gallery above).