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Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation

Biking for all?, 1st Edition

Edited by Aaron Golub, Melody L. Hoffmann, Adonia E. Lugo, Gerardo F. Sandoval


270 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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As bicycle commuting grows in the United States, the profile of the white, middle-class cyclist has emerged. This stereotype evolves just as investments in cycling play an increasingly important role in neighborhood transformations. However, despite stereotypes, the cycling public is actually quite diverse, with the greatest share falling into the lowest income categories.

Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation demonstrates that for those with privilege, bicycling can be liberatory, a lifestyle choice, whereas for those surviving at the margins, cycling is not a choice, but an often oppressive necessity. Ignoring these "invisible" cyclists skews bicycle improvements towards those with choices. This book argues that it is vital to contextualize bicycling within a broader social justice framework if investments are to serve all street users equitably. "Bicycle justice" is an inclusionary social movement based on furthering material equity and the recognition that qualitative differences matter.

This book illustrates equitable bicycle advocacy, policy and planning. In synthesizing the projects of critical cultural studies, transportation justice and planning, the book reveals the relevance of social justice to public and community-driven investments in cycling. This book will interest professionals, advocates, academics and students in the fields of transportation planning, urban planning, community development, urban geography, sociology and policy.


"Bicycle justice has become a major concern in the US. This group of authors provides an impressive array of case studies on bicycle justice and the overlooked or invisible riders creating bicycle advocacy and planning. These bike advocates promote more transportation choices for everyone while the transportation justice advocates demand that bicycling and all forms of transportation be understood as a civil rights issue." – Glenn S. Johnson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Houston, Texas, USA

"This book may indeed help start a movement for inclusive, equitable bicycle justice. Grounded in clear thinking and strong examples, this unique collection offers a probing assessment of both the tendency to stereotype "deserving" bicyclists, marginalizing others, and the patently inequitable distribution of public investments in bicycle infrastructure." – June M. Thomas, Centennial Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan, USA

"Postgraduates and academics will find this book rich and informative. This book would also serve as an excellent source for a course on urban transport justice".

Cyrille Médard de Chardona,Université du Luxembourg, Local Environment The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Creating an Inclusionary Bicycle Justice Movement

Aaron Golub, Melody Hoffmann, Adonia Lugo, Gerardo Francisco Sandoval

2. Is the right to bicycle a civil right? Synergies and tensions between the transportation justice movement and planning for bicycling

Aaron Golub

3. Is Portland’s Bicycle Success Story a Celebration of Gentrification? A theoretical and statistical analysis of bicycle use and demographic change

Cameron Herrington, Ryan J. Dann

4. Freedom of movement / Freedom of choice: An enquiry into utility cycling and social justice in post-apartheid Cape Town, 1994-2015

Gail Jennings

5. Advocating Through Data: Community Visibilities in Crowdsourced Cycling Data

Christopher A. Le Dantec, Caroline Appleton, Mariam Asad, Robert Rosenberger, and Kari Watkins

6. Advancing discussions of cycling interventions based on social justice

Karel Martens, Daniel Piatkowski, Kevin J. Krizek, Kara Luckey

7. Theorizing Bicycle Justice Using Social Psychology: Examining the Intersection of Mode and Race with the Conceptual Model of Roadway Interactions

Tara Goddard

8. Delivering (in)Justice: Food Delivery Cyclists in New York City

Do J. Lee, Helen Ho, Melyssa Banks, Mario Giampieri, Xiaodeng Chen, Dorothy Le

9. Rascuache Cycling Justice

Alfredo Mirande and Raymond Williams

10. No Choice But to Bike: Undocumented and bike-dependent in rust belt America

Joanna Bernstein

11. Aburrido! Cycling on the U.S./Mexican Border with Doble Rueda Bicycle Collective in Matamoros, Tamaulipas

Daryl Meador

12. Civil Bikes: Embracing Atlanta’s racialized history through bicycle tours

Nedra Deadwyler

13. Decentering Whiteness in Organized Bicycling: Notes from Inside

Adonia E. Lugo

14. Community Bicycle Workshops and "Invisible Cyclists" in Brussels

Simon Batterbury and Inès Vandermeersch

15. Community Disengagement: The Greatest Barrier to Equitable Bike Share

James Hannig

16. No Hay Peor Lucha Que La Que No Se Hace: Re-negotiating cycling in a Latino community

Martha Moore-Monroy, Ada Wilkinson-Lee, Donna Lewandowski, Alexandra Armenta

17. Collectively Subverting the Status Quo at the Youth Bike Summit

Pasqualina Azzarello, Jane Pirone and Allison Mattheis

18. Mediating the ‘White Lanes of Gentrification’ in Humboldt Park: Community-Led economic development and the struggle over public space

Amy Lubitow

About the Editors

Aaron Golub is Associate Professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, Oregon, USA.

Melody L. Hoffmann is a mass communication instructor at Anoka Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Adonia E. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and co-founder of the Bicicultures network, USA.

Gerardo F. Sandoval is Associate Professor at the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the Co-Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

This series positions equity and justice as central elements of the transition toward sustainable cities. The series introduces critical perspectives and new approaches to the practice and theory of urban planning and policy that ask how the world's cities can become ‘greener’ while becoming more fair, equitable and just.

Routledge Equity Justice and the Sustainable City series addresses sustainable city trends in the global North and South and investigates them for their potential to ensure a transition to urban sustainability that is equitable and just for all. These trends include municipal climate action plans; resource scarcity as tipping points into a vortex of urban dysfunction; inclusive urbanization; "complete streets" as a tool for realizing more "livable cities"; the use of information and analytics toward the creation of "smart cities".

The series welcomes submissions for high-level cutting edge research books that push thinking about sustainability, cities, justice and equity in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones. The series offers theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances that can be used by professionals and as supplementary reading in courses in urban geography, urban sociology, urban policy, environment and sustainability, development studies, planning, and a wide range of academic disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected], twitter: @BrennanRebecca1), or the Series Editors, Julian Agyeman ([email protected], twitter: @julianagyeman) and Stephen Zavestoski ([email protected]).

Julian Agyeman, Tufts University Boston-Medford, USA

Stephen Zavestoski, University of San Francisco, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dr Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University, USA

Dr Jayne Engle, Director, Cities, McConnell Foundation, Adjunct Professor, McGill University, Canada

Dr Ayona Datta, King’s College London, UK.

Dr Jenia Mukherjee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India 

Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy