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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RACE, ETHNICITY, CLASS AND PROTECTED BIKE LANES: AN IDEA BOOK FOR FAIRER CITIES | People for Bikes


Austin, Texas.
Diversity created the city. But diversity has never been easy.
Almost as soon as PeopleForBikes selected its first six Green Lane Project focus cities, we started hearing from their staffers that they wanted to better understand how the values of diversity and equity – of race, of ethnicity, of class – could improve their work to make bicycling mainstream.
The four of us on the Green Lane Project team share those values. But we're not diversity or equity experts; we're infrastructure experts.
So, to help city staffers and advocates across the country think about these issues, we've teamed up with the Alliance for Biking and Walking and spent the last eight months talking to people who live and breathe this work: people like Nedra Deadwyler, an Atlanta business owner working to make her street's stoops and sidewalks places for social gathering, or Jocelyn Dicent, a teen activist working to reconnect New York City's Rockaway Peninsula so she and her friends can get to school safely.

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