Report promotes protected bike lanes to unite diverse communities

Done correctly, great bike infrastructure can create great cities. But how do cities ensure that the systems are built equitably, serving everyone in the community? National bicycling advocacy organizations PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking explore these topics in a new report on equity released today titled “Building Equity. Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes: an Idea Book for Fairer Cities.”

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The report features stories from planners, leaders and activists in communities of color around the country who are working to build connected, all-ages bike networks. Essential to these networks are protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts. A review committee of transportation equity experts from city government, consulting, advocacy and academia guided the report.

“This new idea book is a resource for city staff and bicycling advocates across the country, as well as anyone motivated to help create more diverse and equitable American cities,” said PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation, Martha Roskowski. “We hope that it can be a useful tool to help people better understand these complicated and crucial topics.”

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The 36-page report has three main components:

  • Profiles of 10 people of color from around the country who are, for diverse reasons, advocating for protected bike lanes in their communities.
  • Data-rich explorations of the role good bike infrastructure has played in advancing equity in Colombia, Denmark and China.
  • A collection of statistics, new and old, about the intersections of race, ethnicity, income and bike infrastructure, including some from a major new statistically valid survey of U.S. biking habits.

Some of the newer statistics on equitable biking were derived from the first-of-its-kind U.S. Bicycling Participation Report, commissioned by PeopleForBikes, which was released on March 2. Some of the key findings include:

  • The lowest-income households bike the most
  • The lower the income, the less you drive
  • Hispanic people bike for recreation the most
  • People of color bike for transportation most
  • People of color care more about protected bike lanes

“Through curating these stories, we learned that advocates and cities need to work with underserved communities in thoughtful and proactive ways, as they have the potential to benefit from advanced bike infrastructure like protected bike lanes the most,” said Alliance for Biking & Walking President/CEO, Jeffrey Miller.

To learn more about this new report on equity and bicycling, join a free webinar today (March 4) at 3 p.m. Eastern time hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. PeopleForBikes staff and one of the local experts interviewed in the report will discuss lessons from their work.

Download the 36-page report for free (PDF) or contact [email protected] to receive one or more printed copies by mail.

Update: We fixed the broken download link. Thanks!

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