Asbury Park is experiencing a surge in people riding bikes, which we support as a means of transportation, improving health, taking care of the environment, and reducing car dependency. But who are the people who riding bikes every day as their main mode of getting around?
This article about “invisible bicyclists”, in Bicycling Magazine this week was originally published in 2006. Since then mobility issues for immigrants (documented or not), and other people who can’t afford cars hasn’t improved. (Read the news any day about bike delivery people in NYC). People with means in cities like NYC and Asbury Park complain that bicyclists ride irresponsibly, on the sidewalk, or ride against traffic. But who are the people on bikes on the sidewalk? Do we really see them – are they invisible, or are we blind? Asbury Park is working diligently on building safe streets for everyone on bikes, walking, and drivers too. It isn’t going to happen overnight and we need to take care of one another in the process.
SOME ATTENTION HAS RECENTLY FOCUSED ON THE LACK OF REPRESENTATION LOW-INCOME BIKE RIDERS HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND SAFE CYCLING. HERE’S AN ILLUMINATING PIECE WE WROTE ON THE SUBJECT BACK IN 2006.