Inequality in the cycle lane

Anne Lusk, CityLab

Publication date: February 2019
Ranking: useful:

You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class

So what’s the issue?

Research by the Harvard T H Chan School of Health with specially formed Boston focus groups identified:

  • Cycling is  a method of transportation that helps reduce inequality
  • Its growing fastest in the U.S. amongst Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American riders, (since 2001)
  • Minority neighbourhoods have fewer cycling facilities
  • Riders face higher risk of accidents and crashes
  • Cycle lanes and better designed ones are more common in affluent areasdownload link
  • Discussion groups highlighted what would make:
    • cycle lanes safer, (location, design and route planning)
    • more attractive and
    • help reduce incidents of bike theft.
  • Discussion groups actually came up with same principles approved in national guidance

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