Cyclists pedal through Downtown for Black Lives Matter protest

Fixed-gear cyclists, BMX riders and skateboarders took to the streets outside City Hall Saturday as part of a Black Lives Matter protest.

Linwood Monk organized the “pedal for peace” protest via social media. He said more than 100 people told him they would participate in the event.

“I organized this so that everyone can see that we can do a peaceful ride without it being riots or crazy looting,” Monk said. The ride follows a set of other protests that took place earlier this month in Long Beach calling attention to racial issues and social injustices.

Linwood Monk, protest organizer, uses a bullhorn to speak to a crowd of about 100 cyclists during a “pedal for peace” protests on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry

As the group waited for others to join, some cyclists performed tricks on their bikes while jumping off a ledge outside the Port of Long Beach Downtown office.

Monk said the LBPD gave him permission to conduct the peaceful protests. Cruisers were seen following the riders once they rode down Ocean Boulevard toward Bluff Park.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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