This research was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, a program of TREC at Portland State University. The project was also funded by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.
Cycling -- Oregon -- Portland, Bicycle commuting, Transportation -- Social aspects, Choice of transportation -- Decision making
Research has demonstrated that everyday or utilitarian forms of cycling are most likely to generate positive population-level health impacts (Garrard et al., 2012), yet significant deterrents to routine cycling remain, particularly for women and minorities. The primary aim of this project was to conduct a qualitative interview study that generated rich, narrative data regarding obstacles to routine or utilitarian cycling for women and minorities who already see biking as a viable form of transit, but who make relatively few bike trips. A secondary aim of the project was to develop a set of specific interventions that have the potential to increase cycling trips within these demographic groups. Findings suggest that barriers for marginalized cyclists range from concerns about infrastructure limitations to overt racial and gender discrimination experienced while riding. Data also shed light on the unique social position of mothers, who often face challenges transporting children. These findings suggest that cycling mobilities are critically linked to intersecting and overlapping identities, and that efforts to increase diversity in bike ridership must acknowledge the unique challenges experienced by marginalized groups.
Lubitow, Amy. Narratives of Marginalized Cyclists: Understanding Obstacles to Utilitarian Cycling Among Women and Minorities in Portland, OR. NITC-SS-994. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2017. https://doi.org/10.15760/trec.171