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As we close out Latinx Heritage Month, we’re proud to celebrate the cultures, contributions and resilience of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities around the world by highlighting the incredible work of the Latinx folks at the Bicycle Coalition.

Following the lead of the Human Rights Campaign, we’re using the term Latinx rather than Hispanic or Latino to represent the identities of non-binary, gender non-conforming and gender-expansive people. Latinx also centers the lives of indigenous, Brazilian and other non-Spanish speaking people in this celebration. To read more about Latinx Heritage Month (also known as Hispanic Heritage month), check out Milagros Chirinos’ piece More Than One Word, More Than One Heritage.

Naida Montes, Bicycle Coalition Policy Fellow

How do you identify?

Puerto Rican-American, AfroLatina

What are you most proud of as a Latinx individual?

I am proud to be a Latinx individual who has had a diversity of experiences and learning opportunities.

How do you see your Latinx identity transforming cycling in Philly?
Importantly, acknowledging the presence of the Latinx cycling community as part of Philly cycling culture is in itself transformative. lnclusivity in our thoughts and approaches to Philly cycling that considers the different ways and the spaces navigated by people of color, including those of Latinx identity, expands our understanding of the importance of cycling in Philly, advocacy for safe streets, and the diversity of the rich cycling culture in our city!

Amanda Ruffner


As Communications Manager for the Bicycle Coalition, Amanda is constantly thinking about all the interesting, gorgeous, varied ways we can share what we're learning and making with each other.Send her the audio/visuals/articles that move you, she promises she will spend time with them.

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