Is Biking an Exclusively White Activity?

The rate of workers who commute by bike continues to increase, but it reflects a decidedly white demographic, specifically men. The Washington Post examines biking through the lens of race and gender.

"Statistics suggest that biking is not as popular with African Americans as it with whites. A report released this spring called 'Bicycling Renaissance in North America?' found that cycling has grown significantly in the past decade. However, most of the growth is among middle- and upper-income white men," Vanessa Williams reports.

In the article, Williams profiles an African-American bicycle activist Veronica Davis. Ms. Davis is the co-founder of Black Women Bike DC, an organization that coalesces and advocates biking as a means of transportation among blacks. The group also clamors for the construction of bike infrastructure in black neighborhoods.

"Black Women Bike has attracted women with varied interests and skill levels - from triathletes, to women who are returning after years away from cycling, to women who don't even own bikes yet."

Full Story: Black women take their place in D.C.’s bike lanes


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