Involving the community and the organizations in defence of cycling infrastructure
Recently, a referendum was held in Guadalajara in order to demolish a bike path.
The Bicicleta Blanca collective, that represents the 214 ciclists killed in the roads since 2009, took upon itself to coordinate the community, universities and cycling collectives so that we could defend it together.
We won by a landslide, 17,500 votes in favor of the cyclepath and only 4000 against, and this in a city that has always been completely auto-centric.
We will talk about:
- how we managed to involve the community, students and cycling geoups.
- how we empowered the neighborhood to organize and defend their rights
- what we learned
- how did this referendum affected us and the cycling movement as a whole.