Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban by Melody L Hoffmann

By Melody L Hoffmann

The variety of bicyclists is increasing within the usa, in particular one of the operating type and folks of colour. not like the demographics of bicyclists within the usa, advocacy for bicycling has targeted more often than not at the pursuits of white upwardly cellular bicyclists, resulting in local conflicts and accusations of racist planning.

In Bike Lanes Are White Lanes, pupil Melody L. Hoffmann argues that the bicycle has different cultural that means as a “rolling signifier.” that's, the bicycle’s that means alterations in numerous areas, with diverse humans, and in numerous cultures. The rolling signification of the bicycle contributes to construction group, impacts gentrifying city making plans, and upholds systemic race and sophistication barriers.

during this research of 3 fashionable U.S. cities—Milwaukee, Portland, and Minneapolis—Hoffmann examines how the burgeoning approval for city bicycling is trailed by means of systemic problems with racism, classism, and displacement. From a pro-cycling viewpoint, Bike Lanes Are White Lanes highlights many problematical facets of city bicycling tradition and its advocacy in addition to confident examples of individuals making an attempt earnestly to carry their neighborhood jointly via bicycling.

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