In this episode of the Leaders Who Learn Podcast, produced by Claremont Lincoln University, the hosts talk with Romel Pascual, the Executive Director with CicLAvia. Romel discusses the depth and breadth of CicLAvia, which opens the streets across Los Angeles, working to turn them into public parks for people to play, learn, and connect. Hear Romel talks about how being on a bike can rearrange your perspectives of time and distance and make you appreciate your environment in a much more robust way. Being on a bike is an equitable and inclusive experience, and experiencing that joy is a human right!
Romel has been a key figure at CicLAvia from the start. As Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment during the administration of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, his leadership at the city helped the organization and the event gain traction within the city in CicLAvia’s fledgling years. Romel successfully merged the mayor’s vision and CicLAvia’s mission to help create what is now a city institution that transforms communities throughout the region.