Can better bicycle infrastructure help make cities more just and equitable places? That may be asking too much of some simple bike lanes. But a new “idea book” from PeopleforBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking called “Building Equity: Race, Ethnicity, and Protected Bike Lanes” explores the possibilities.
The report looks to community-based bike advocates around the country for their take on the complex intersection of race, class, and bicycle infrastructure. It contains some thought-provoking initiatives, suggesting that conversations about how bikes fit into local streets can be a meaningful part of bigger discussions about fairness, economic opportunity, and health.