William (Will) Cortez


Cat Dad, Community Activator, Occasional Bike Racer, Professional Committee Member


BikePOCPNW, Friends of Gateway Green

Will has been plugged into issues surrounding micromobility and active transportation since ‘05, first through the Beaverton Bicycle Advisory Committee, then the Westside Transportation Alliance, through co-founding BikePOCPNW, and most recently Friends of Gateway Green.

Out of necessity, I started commuting by bike as a teenager almost 30 years ago. I took the plunge into mountain bike racing 16 years ago and haven’t looked back. These days, riding bikes has transformed into a tool for building community and a personal practice of somatic embodiment.”

What Will hopes to see this season

I’m here for the stories rooted in BIPOC joy. Joy is a form of resistance, it’s anti-capitalism at its core. We often tell stories of the fight against oppression and hate; the need to overcome what keeps us down. I’m here for it, don’t get me wrong. But we also need to see stories where historically excluded communities are riding bikes or using bikes that is born from joy.”

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