Bike/Walk Equity, a “a loose coalition of diverse leaders across the United States committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the bike/walk movement,” has posted an Open Letter to the League of American Bicyclists Board of Directors on Medium that calls into question, with great professionalism and thoughtfulness, the Bike League’s recent decision to appoint a new Executive Director rather than conduct a national search:
We believe that the League’s decision to bypass a national search is a recurring example of an organizational practice that systematically undermines equity, diversity and inclusion within our growing bike/walk movement.
I (Stephen Zavestoski) was particularly disheartened to learn of this news as it followed on the heels of Adonia Lugo, the Bike League’s first Equity Initiative Manager, leaving the organization earlier this year. A lifelong bike commuter, I only became a dues-paying member of the Bike League in 2013 when Lugo was hired and it appeared that a fundamental shift towards diversity and inclusion in the organization’s agenda and strategies had occurred.
But Lugo resigned a few months back and recently blogged that she had to step down after realizing that
I couldn’t accomplish what I’d set out to do…I wasn’t just raising awareness about exclusion in bicycle advocacy, I was experiencing it…As a woman of color, I didn’t have the power to solve the problem I’d been hired to fix.
Read the Open Letter and stay tuned for the Bike League’s formal response.