When you just put a bike lane out and say “Here it is,” you’re not addressing the barriers that are really getting people on their bike.
— Melody Hoffman

In this episode, Kea Wilson interviews Melody Hoffmann, author of Bike Lanes are White Lanes, which examines how the burgeoning popularity of urban bicycling is trailed by systemic issues of racism, classism, and displacement. Melody discusses the many factors that contribute to a person's comfort with biking beyond just the presence of protected bike lanes and why the "build it and they will come" mentality is flawed. She also shares examples of cities that are actively working within diverse communities to create safer transportation options for everyone.

(Top photo source: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious)


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