Bike Lanes Are White Lanes
Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning
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In Bike Lanes Are White Lanes, scholar Melody L. Hoffmann argues that the bicycle has varied cultural meaning as a “rolling signifier.” That is, the bicycle’s meaning changes in different spaces, with different people, and in different cultures. The rolling signification of the bicycle contributes to building community, influences gentrifying urban planning, and upholds systemic race and class barriers.
In this study of three prominent U.S. cities—Milwaukee, Portland, and Minneapolis—Hoffmann examines how the burgeoning popularity of urban bicycling is trailed by systemic issues of racism, classism, and displacement. From a pro-cycling perspective, Bike Lanes Are White Lanes highlights many problematic aspects of urban bicycling culture and its advocacy as well as positive examples of people trying earnestly to bring their community together through bicycling.
Praise For Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning…
"Powerfully relevant."—Cat Ariail, Sport in American History
“For anyone interested in the urban role of cycling, this is an important book. Informed by an overdue concern with race, class, and gender, it critically redresses imbalances in our current understandings of cycling. [Hoffmann] usefully punctures a general liberal, middle-class complacency over the implicitly assumed superiority of the bicycle. . . . Indispensable reading if our goal is to broaden cycling’s appeal and to make inclusive and just cities, as well as genuinely ecologically sustainable ones.”—Dave Horton, author of Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel
“Important to many fields: transportation, race, city planning, housing and migration, sustainability, community organizing, planning and policy processes, and equity. . . . In the emerging scholarship concerning ‘bike equity,’ Melody Hoffmann is an early and influential entrant.”—Julian Agyeman, author of Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities
University of Nebraska Press, 9780803276789, 210pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2016