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PeopleForBikes, Alliance for Biking & Walking release new report on equity

Published March 4, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking have published a new report exploring the topic of equity in national bike advocacy efforts. The report is titled “Building Equity. Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes: an Idea Book for Fairer Cities.”

A committee of transportation equity experts from city government, advocacy and academia provided guidance for the 36-page report. It features stories from planners, activists and leaders in communities of color that are collaborating to build bike networks, including protected bike lanes, for all ages.

“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 Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes’ vice president of local innovation. “We hope that it can be a useful tool to help people better understand these complicated and crucial topics.”

The report includes profiles of 10 people of color from around the country who are advocating for protected bike lanes in their communities, a collection of statistics reflecting the intersections of race, income, ethnicity and bike infrastructure, and an in-depth analysis of the role of good bike infrastructure in advancing equity in other countries.

“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 Jeffrey Miller, president and CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

Download the report for free here.

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