RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – It’s a 3,500-mile trip. It’ll take him about 55 days, as he’ll average about 60 miles per day – with rest days in between. But, the University of California, Riverside student doesn’t mind, because it’s all for a good reason. Christian Lugo will cycle from Los Angeles, California, to Washington D.C. – the nation’s capital – this summer to help promote social equality, diversity, and tolerance.
“I just thought to myself, there’s been so much hate the last few years, and you can’t expect people to just flip a switch and end hate, but at least I can do something to get some positive change going,” Lugo said.
Lugo is a second-year student, majoring in Spanish with a concentration in cultural studies. He was inspired to cycle across the country by a few recent experiences. He started cycling in March 2016, and said he immediately took to the sport. Not only did he start cycling as a form of exercise, but he started using it as his mode of transportation—to the grocery store, to school, even as a means of travel and experiencing new things.
In summer 2016, Lugo studied abroad in the Dominican Republic. Inspired by the professors and the people he met there, as well as the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he decided he would give cycle touring a shot. Though Lugo said his trip is not political in nature, he hopes to promote a positive message of cooperation and respect among all people.
“I will ride across the country encouraging people to sign a pledge for social equality, based on five principles,” he said.
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