The Nightingale Bike Project originated from a student’s interest in starting an afterschool bike club. Inspired by Scrapertown video, the student wanted to create a space for students to personalize and fix their bikes. This created created a whole learning journey that’s taken us on a wild ride so far. . .
In order to kickstart this project, we reached out to the Bike Oven, a local bike collective located just blocks from Nightingale. We attended a volunteer meeting and met Josef Bray-Ali, owner of the Flying Pigeon bike store and a community bike activist/enthusiast. Josef informed us about the local initiative to create safe bikeways around the school.
From here, we were connected to Joe Linton, who is involved in community issues from revitalizing the LA River to coordinating the massive cicLAvia event. Joe and Josef facilitated a bike workshop during the Nightingale Bike Zone event.
This chain of community connections and collaborations led to a letter-writing campaign where students wrote to Councilman Ed Reyes to advocate for the installation of bike lanes around Nightingale Middle School.
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