08. Juni, 15:40 Uhr
Hello users of /r/bicycling,
We the mod team want to first acknowledge the amazing protests that are being led by black, indigenous, and people of color who are doing far harder work than we will ever have to do moderating a subreddit. Protestors do not deserve the treatment they are getting, peaceful protests do not work when the cops are the ones starting the violence. Black lives matter.
We are a largely white moderating team. What does that mean? That we are all still learning to be anti-racist but hopefully these steps will get us even a tiny bit closer to a world where protests like the ones that are happening will not need to.
What does that mean for this subreddit?
We have always tried to moderate through the lens of anti-racism but we are not perfect and still have work to do.
For right now it means that any posts that have to do with the protests will be moderated using a similar criteria to the Bad Faith Participation rule that [r/BlackPeopleTwitter](https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackPeopleTwitter/) uses: [https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackPeopleTwitter/wiki/bfp](https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackPeopleTwitter/wiki/bfp) and you will not get a warning before being banned. Those posts are also not the place for your jokes.
We will still be banning for racism in any comment/post.
>"But bikes have nothing to do with politics/racism/systemic violence/etc.”
The ability to ignore politics is a privilege and ignoring politics is ignoring suffering. You have always been able to see yourself represented as a “cyclist” in media/advertising/racing. You do not have to think about what neighbourhood you might be riding through. You do not have to double check that your bell works incase you get stopped. You do not worry about someone thinking you stole the bike you’re on. Your neighbourhood has bike lanes. We can’t even begin to list all of the ways that riding a bike intersects with politics/racism/systemic violence/etc.
Biking while black is a real thing.
>“What can I do to solve any of these issues? I don’t have any power”
**You do have the power to educate yourself.**
Anti-racism resources: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2\_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/)
Untokening Mobility resources:
(These are just two of a lifetime worth of resources, because doing this work will take your whole lifetime)
**You have the power to choose which businesses you support and don’t.**
Black owned bike shops list: [http://blacksonbikes.com/find-a-group/](http://blacksonbikes.com/find-a-group/)
Email John Burke at Trek telling him to stop fulfilling police bike contracts: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Get your local shop to sign the Cycling Industry Pledge: [https://wtfbikexplorers.com/cycling-industry-pledge](https://wtfbikexplorers.com/cycling-industry-pledge)
Ask your local bike shop if they give a discount to cops, incomplete list of shops that do here: [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MLX0MQSHRRf1mNwsMVVxoGNeKIiVpcnrk6fKTAOXOKM/edit](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MLX0MQSHRRf1mNwsMVVxoGNeKIiVpcnrk6fKTAOXOKM/edit)
(Feel free to list more businesses to support in the comments.)
**You can make donations to organizations making cycling more accessible to black, indigenous & people of color.**
(Let me know about organizations I’m missing)
**You have the power to fight for a more just mobility for everyone**
Email your government representatives telling them black lives matter and talk to them about mobility justice: