Bicycle/Race: Bicycling And Social Justice

There is strong bicycling advocacy in Asbury Park, and the relationship with racial justice is clear.  “Bike culture” in cities (bike lanes, bike shares etc) is often perceived to be for people who have “opted to be “car-free, meaning those who could afford to drive but chose not to.”  Many in our city have no choice, and must ride bikes or walk for transportation. There are many ways AP can be inclusive of everyone who rides bikes in the city, one of which is the upcoming Open Streets Event.

Who Do You Imagine When You Imagine Biking in Cities


First held in 2010, CicLAvia has become an annual event in Los Angeles, attracting tens of thousands of participants to ride streets closed to cars for a day, and helping build public support for biking policies and programs that take into account bike riders of all demographics. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

“What Jose Umberto Barranco’s death said to me was that this wasn’t just a matter of vehicle choice, bikes versus cars … Race and class hierarchy were mixed up in how we traveled and whose safety mattered,” writes Adonia Lugo in her new book, “Bicycle/Race.”

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