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Why Black Cyclists Don’t Feel Safe in Los Angeles

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Riding a bike on the busy streets of Los Angeles can be dangerous for Black cyclists—it means risking traffic violence and racial profiling while commuting to work or biking for fun. The short documentary Biking While Black was made by filmmaker Harly Crandall and directed by community organizer and mobility-justice advocate Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, who we profiled in the March/April issue of Outside. The film explores safety and equity for Black cyclists through conversations with Los Angeles residents, grassroots advocates, and city leaders.