La Bici Digna (roughly translated as A Bike Worth Living For) is a community bicycle space that provides resources to day laborers organizing on the southern edges of Downtown Los Angeles. La Bici Digna’s current emphasis is on providing a bicycle repair workspace every Wednesday morning for the compañer@s at the Downtown Community Job Center. With a strong emphasis on participatory processes, La Bici Digna has hosted safety classes and legal rights workshops as well as social rides and outreach efforts amongst the day laborer community.
Our present goal has been to construct and facilitate an innovative curriculum that provides the skills necessary to the day laborer community to completely self-manage the bike repair space, while improving income opportunities through this new skill set. We hope to then continue building the project, diversifying its efforts and spreading it to new venues as a successful model for social and environmental justice-oriented, community-based bicycle work.
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Located at the Downtown Community Job Center at 18th and Main, La Bici Digna is an ongoing partnership between the Bicycle Kitchen, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s City of Lights Campaign and IDEPSCA, el Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (the Popular Education Institute of Southern California).
For more information, please contact Arlen Jones, BiciDigna Coordinator, at bicidigna (at) la-bike (dot) org