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Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All?



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Cycling -- Political Aspects, Bicycle Commuting, Social Justice, Urban Transportation -- Social Aspects, Community Development


This chapter was inspired by a long-standing debate among transportation justice and equity advocates about the importance of investments in bicycle transportation as a goal of the transportation justice movement. Bicycle investments are notably absent in transportation equity analyses for regional plans (e.g. Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 2013), and from broader transportation justice discussions (for instance the word “bicycle” does not appear in the index of the overview of transportation justice practice published by the American Planning Association (Sanchez and Brenman, 2007). The transportation justice movement, with its lineage in the civil rights and environmental justice movements, focuses on improving the transportation planning process to address the burdens and inequities that many low-income and minority communities have suffered at the hands of transportation planning over the past century. In contrast, there is a movement for “bicycle space”: the struggle for fair and safe access to road space for bicycling supported by policy and financing for bicycling investments (Henderson, 2013). We ask here: why are the two movements so separate? This chapter will explore the emerging bicycle movement and contrast it with the transportation justice framework and attempt to understand where they synergize and where they conflict, and why.


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