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The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity

Last year the League of American Bicyclists and the Sierra Club released the report: The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity (PDF) which looks at the rate of cycling among people of color in the United States, and also reports on the attitudes of that same demographic.

Cycling rates are picking up around the country, the report shows, and in some respects non-white riders are leading the way. Some of the findings:

  • Between 2001 and 2009, the fastest growth rate in bicycling was among the Hispanic, African American, and Asian American populations. Combined, those three groups went from making 16 percent of the nation’s bike trips to 23 percent.
  • Between 2001 and 2009, the growth in percent of all trips taken by bike was 100 percent among African Americans; 80 percent among Asians; 50 percent among Hispanics; and 22 percent among whites.
  • Eighty-six percent of people of color surveyed said they had a positive view of bicyclists. (For the purposes of the survey, “people of color” includes African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and mixed race.)
  • Seventy-one percent of people of color surveyed said that safer cycling would make their community better.
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