Chart of the Day: Biking (Ethnicity) in Memphis

[Note: this post is best read while listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DFu7oWit0.]

An interesting chart from the Strong Towns blog showing biking rates in Memphis, Tennessee classified by ethnicity.

bike commuting race

Race and bicycling is an interesting topic of conversation that happens too rarely, and brings into focus all kinds of often hidden assumptions about transportation, equity, geography, visibility, and feelings of security.

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3 Responses to Chart of the Day: Biking (Ethnicity) in Memphis

  1. Janne Flisrand
    Janne November 19, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    This is actually rather amazing — not quite equitable ridership by race, but SOOO close! Do you know of similar charts for any other cities (i.e. in Minnesota)? My instinct says we can’t match this, but maybe my stereotypes and SW Mpls address are fooling me.

  2. Rebecca Airmet
    Rebecca Airmet November 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I think this chart has a lot to do with biking by choice versus biking by necessity. I’m very interested in figuring out how to do a similar bike count for Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

    And based on recent anecdotal evidence, my stereotypes and address are definitely fooling me.

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