Bicycle Equity Toolkit
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Bike Movement
Bike equity is built on the inclusion of community voices in planning streets for diverse users.
This Toolkit is designed to further the goal of inclusion by identifying and resolving barriers to participation in the bike movement by women, youth, communities of color, and individuals with disabilities. Bike equity will grow from taking reasonable measures to ensure that more people see riding a bike as a transportation or recreation option. In gaining fellow riders and becoming mobility allies, we can help more people realize the benefits of bicycling.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and strategies can be referred to in shorthand as EDI.
The term ally has a specific meaning in EDI and racial justice work.
This work needs to happen at programmatic, advocacy, and organizational levels. According to the American Public Health Association, “an equitable transportation system is one that allows its users equal opportunity in mobility, independent of age, ability, income or race.” A systems-level approach means transforming the institutions that shape transportation. It also means transforming the human networks that shape advocacy agendas. For this reason, this Toolkit focuses both on street infrastructure and human infrastructure for bicycling, considering both individual and institutional scales. To build bike equity, we need to create more opportunities to ride without harassment AND adapt the planning process to include more community-derived solutions to transportation challenges.
Riding our bikes shows us the value of human-scale mobility, and we take our findings to decisionmakers to try and improve streets. When we ride together, when we organize rides, when we submit comments and recommendations, we are human infrastructure for bicycling. With this Toolkit, bike advocates can be more strategic about getting community needs to the policy level. We will be better advocates if we make our asks reflective of more people. This means coming to understand our current human infrastructure and working intentionally to build wider networks.
In the United States, bicycling is very diverse, and so are the barriers to bicycling. Do we take these realities into account in our work as bicycle advocates?
Bicycle users include women, children, men, trans people, families, individuals with disabilities; community riders, people on cruisers at the beach, people who race road bikes, people who customize choppers; seniors, low-wage workers, teens, exercisers; people hauling scrap, people carrying groceries, people powering machines; Chicanas, Black women, fans of Major Taylor, Olympians, grandfathers.
This section will cover the historical origins of inequity in our modern streets, transportation networks, and urban planning decisionmaking processes.
This section will cover the League's internal EDI transformation process and best practices from other groups undertaking similar works. Boards, hiring, development, etc.
This section will cover tactics for increasing EDI in outreach, events, and programming.
This section will cover tactics for promoting EDI in planning and policy-oriented advocacy activities.
The Bicycle Equity Toolkit will be completed and available online in September 2014.
What you see here is a working draft being developed in consultation with bike equity partners.
If you have feedback or ideas to share, please email them to email@example.com