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communities 
of color has 
always had a 
large impact on 
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we get around our 
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and that’s something people (cops included) respect. CARS CONVEY POWER 
Ira Woodward 
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If residents 
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how can we possib...
What people can learn is to first question what does solidarity mean to them and 
is it the same as how people of color se...
By allowing communities to self-determine safety issues, 
we can then prioritize how we move forward and start to frame 
a...
It's important for our profession to hear that people of color in the US have good reasons to fear 
being physically unpro...
I don’t think we can 
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League of American Bicyclists: Seeing & Believing

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Bike equity means believing the stories people have to share about what it's like for them to be in the street. There's more to safety than being seen, and we need to believe when people tell us about insecurity beyond traffic violence.

Can we build common cause for safe streets that includes the fears of racial discrimination keeping so many people in their cars? What do enforcement-based approaches to traffic safety look like when they respect and address the realities of police mistrust? With insights gathered from bike/ped advocates this fall, we worked with Dr. Echo Rivera to craft images that shed light on why race matters in active transportation.

As a national organization, the League of American Bicyclists has a role to play in convening tough conversations. We're going to keep this Seeing & Believing project going as we shed light on complex barriers to active transportation.

-- Adonia Lugo, Ph.D., League Equity Initiative Manager

Read more: http://bikeleague.org/content/seeing-believing-bike-equity

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League of American Bicyclists: Seeing & Believing

  1. 1. The policing of communities of color has always had a large impact on HOW we get around our communities. Miguel Ramos Photo Credit: Pascal Maramis SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  2. 2. ...some of us believe in the free and safe movement of bodies in the environments that they occupy whether it be cycling or other transportation. Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes I am constantly reminded of that when a Black mother tells me: "every time he goes through my door I pray there isn't something out there that won't let him come back." Hamzat Sani SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  3. 3. and that’s something people (cops included) respect. CARS CONVEY POWER Ira Woodward Photo Credit: Oran Viriyincy SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  4. 4. Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes If residents don’t feel safe in a neighborhood in general, MORE EXPOSED how can we possibly encourage them to be in that neighborhood by biking and walking more? Matthew Palm SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  5. 5. What people can learn is to first question what does solidarity mean to them and is it the same as how people of color see solidarity? What types of actions manifest as a way to address these systemic issues? And relate it to how they can have these conversations in their own communities. Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Not sure if bikes can play a vital role for every city, but I see the bike as a symbol of autonomy & self-awareness, something that many people that are privileged do not understand. Miguel Ramos SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  6. 6. By allowing communities to self-determine safety issues, we can then prioritize how we move forward and start to frame a message of bikes as being one factor that addresses safety in a community. Photo Credit: David B. Gleason We must show our solidarity for safe streets and how that is a different experience for each community, and most importantly building that trust & relationship to continue to follow-up with the overall needs of a community. Miguel Ramos SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all
  7. 7. It's important for our profession to hear that people of color in the US have good reasons to fear being physically unprotected in our public right-of-way, and to hear that there may be good reasons that people of color feel biking/walking projects should have lower priority than, say, police brutality Photo Credit: Richard Masoner & lack of economic opportunity. Photo Credit: Richard Masoner SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all Jessica Roberts
  8. 8. I don’t think we can separate the bicycles from the bodies that ride them. Some of us have bodies that are perceived as inherently more political than others. I was thinking about that as the photos from Ferguson rolled in. There were lots of pictures of young Black men, and I thought: “Wow, those guys riding down the street would get a totally different response than I do.” Photo Credit: Michelle Swanson Ken Mayer SEEING & BELIEVING bikeleague.org/equity #Bikes4all

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