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Urban Adonia belongs to Adonia Lugo, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. You can contact her at adonia at urbanadonia dot com. An anthropologist-in-training, Adonia speaks out about the importance of cross-cultural understanding and community-based research in urban sustainability, including issues related to bicycling, transit, affordable housing, and public space. Her approach to activist ethnography draws on the tradition of flânerie and the Situationist International's call for political action in public space. Drawing on urban anthropology, she analyzes cities from the perspective that how people use space in their everyday lives shapes what is possible in those spaces.

From 2008 till 2011 she lived carfree as an engaged researcher studying and promoting bicycling in Los Angeles, and from 2009 till 2011 she lived at the Los Angeles Eco-Village. Inspired by a trip to Bogotá, Colombia in August 2008, Adonia helped start the effort to organize a ciclovía in Los Angeles, and served as the board secretary of CicLAvia until January 2011. She also co-founded the City of Lights/ Ciudad de Luces project at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition that connected day laborer cyclists with bike advocates in central LA. In 2012, City of Lights transformed into Multicultural Communities for Mobility.

Adonia received her BA from Reed College in Portland, OR in 2005, and her MA in anthropology from UC Irvine in 2010. She currently lives in Seattle, where in 2012 she did interviews for the Seattle Bike Justice Project sponsored by Bike Works and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. In 2012, she also helped start Bicicultures, a network of scholars researching bicycling's many social and cultural forms. Inspired by the UK-based Cycling and Society Research Group, Bicicultures explores ways to bring bicycle advocacy, research, and communities into the same conversation.

Other Online Work:
2013. Los Angeles Bike Movement History. This is a collaborative timeline of significant moments that moved bicycling in L.A. forward.

January 21, 2013. Bicycle Alliance of Washington blog. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy and Bicycling: How Do We Build a Coalition for Bicyclee Justice?"

November 2012. Guest blogger on anthropology website Savage Minds

2012. Seattle Bike Justice Project. Interviews about bicycling with leaders in Rainier Valley's communities of color.

2012. Bicicultures. This is the online home of the Bicicultures Research Group, a network of scholars who use qualitative methods to investigate the multiple cultural worlds of bicycling.

May 21, 2012. LA Streetsblog. "Separate But Eco: Livable Communities for Whom?" with Allison Mannos.

2012. Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers No. 101. "Planning for Diverse Use/rs: Ethnographic Research on Bikes, Bodies, and Public Space in Los Angeles."

March 16, 2012. Friday Transportation Seminar Series at Portland State University. "Bikes, Bodies, and Public Space: The Role of Human Infrastructure in Urban Transport." (Scroll down at link for audio file)

Media Coverage of Activist Projects:
February 21, 2013. Josh Cohen of The Bicycle Story interviewed me about bicycling and social justice.

April 13, 2012. Orange County Register. "CicLAvia: LA streets become paths Sunday, with help from O.C. Woman" by Alejandra Molina. 

April 5, 2012. LA Weekly. "CicLAvia Rules! How Bicyclists Made L.A. a Better Place" by Hillel Aron.

October 24, 2011. KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle. "Bikes and Cars Try to Ease Down on the Road." Radio story by Sara Lerner.

January 16, 2010. Orange County Register. "UCI student challenges anti-cyclist attitudes" by Laura Rico.