Most Cyclists Are Working-Class Immigrants, Not Hipsters

GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

“Urban planners are noticing a cultural gap between bike advocates and others who bike. Planners see a particular type of cyclist: a working-class person ? usually a minority and often a recent immigrant ? riding to work on whatever type of bike he can get his hands on. Those cyclists are men and women for whom biking isn?t an environmental cause or a response to an urban trend but a means of transportation that?s cheaper than a car and faster than walking.”

Source: www.governing.com

Those that fight for bike lanes are not representative of all the cyclists. These invisible cyclists are show that the cycling is an economic strategy for many of the urban poor, just as it can be a social statement for wealthy bike riders.

Tags: mobility,transportation, socioeconomic, class,planning.

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