. . . in a city where bike advocacy is quickly growing into bike activism, Bikeside LA is looking to be a booming voice in the, sometimes contentious, conversation. It was founded by Alex Thompson, who helped author the Cyclists Bill of Rights, co-founded Bikerowave and is known for his open disdain of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), a longtime bike advocacy organization.
It’s not just ramped-up ideology that separates Bikeside from the LACBC. Both are non-profits, but Bikeside is a 501(c)(4), which means it’s unrestrained in its lobbying efforts. And unrestrained is how Thompson wants it. (It also means donations to Bikeside are not tax deductible.)
“We are a pure lobbying organization. Parties, bike rides and film screenings — all these things are secondary to our main purpose: making policy change,” Thompson writes on BikesideLA.org, the website where the organization’s name is followed by the slogan, “resistance is futile.”
Archive for Activism
30 Apr 2010