Does your local cycling advocacy reach out to people of color?
I’ve harped on a related issue a couple of times. I think outreach by cycling advocates is better than it used to be, but it can certainly be much improved and I’m glad to see stories like this in Portland, OR where the transpo nerds realize they need to reach out to people of color to reach their bike trip goals.
There has been push back from some communities, some of whom call bike lanes “the white stripes of gentrification.” Bicycles are seen as “stuff white people like.” For the poor, bikes are often a symbol of their poverty, rather than a means of freedom, recreation and artistic expression.
On the flip side, when people of color participate in bike events, there’s a fantastic influx of out-of-box thinking with wildly creative results like Oakland’s scraper bikes and a wonderful diversity of bikes and people at bike events.
We’re a long way from when the League of American Wheelmen was a whites only club, but we still have a ways to go.
Below are some of my San Jose Bike Party photos, and the diverse influx represents more than mere tokenism. How inclusive are your local cycling events?