Our mission is to take students on bike tours throughout California that explore social and environmental justice issues, enabling participants to understand their place in the story of California - and the leadership skills and confidence to write the next chapter on their own.
Human powered travel is an unparalleled experience - in addition to being eco-friendly, it can be an incredible tool for self-discovery, empowerment, and radical social change.
History comes alive when we’re able to explore the landscape in the footsteps of the people that have shaped California’s history and society. On our trips, we dig deep into the complex dynamics that underlie how things happen - who has power, where it comes from, who has access to resources and why.
Along the journey we’ll meet with and hear the stories of people who are leading current environmental justice struggles. These encounters will inspire participants to engage in their own activism by learning about how they can make an impact on the world around them.
WHO WE ARE
Organizer Nora Dye loves nothing more than exploring the world via bicycle, and she has been organizing bike tours since 2007, when she rode across the country by herself on "Wanderlust: A Coast to Coast Exploration of Politics, Sex, and Culture." She has a Masters degree in Political Engagement from New York University, and she is dedicated to building political power and engagement in marginalized communities.
She has organized a variety of social justice oriented trips, including a 6 week trip from Seattle to San Francisco with the Beehive Design Collective to publicize their narrative mural “The True Cost of Coal” and a week long trip from Chicago to Detroit with over two dozen social justice activists to attend the United States Social Forum.
Working in collaboration with the Spoke N’ Heart Collective, she developed a Bicycle Leadership Training to train activists to organize and operate social justice bike tours. She worked for three years in Croatia and California leading biking and hiking trips for Backroads, an active travel company, and she was the regional manager for Backroads Yosemite trips.
From 2010-2018, Nora was involved as a Board Member and Staff Collective Member at Cycles of Change, an organization dedicated to connecting young people with the natural world through bike education and outdoor adventures.
These community organizers and activists serve as advisors and provide support and technical assistance to ensure excellence in our programs.
Marilyn Price, Founder, Trips for Kids
Elizabeth Sy, Founder, Banteay Srei
Amy L. Casselman Hontalas, M.A., Professor of American Indian Studies
San Francisco State University
Robin Sohnen, Founder and Executive Director, Each One Reach One
Rose Slam! Johnson, Founder, Queer Camp