Today the Daily Camera is running a story on the lack of diversity in cycling in Boulder and greater Colorado. The article loosely mixes the sport of cycling with the tool of cycling (commuting) which both are arguably very different. We at 303cycling have done very little to reach the 20% of Boulder County residents, maybe some writers, maybe those with Spanish skills would like to pen something on the site? We have Women's Wednesday, why not Hispanic Thursday?
From the Daily Camera
In Boulder County, which is nearly 80 percent white according to the 2010 census, it's more complicated. Even in the state of Colorado, which is also majority white, some in the cycling community say it's hard to see those changes in the cycling and bike commuting communities and more needs to be done to make cycling more egalitarian here.
"There's this notion in folks' heads of who are bicyclists," Szczepanski said. "You think of a fairly affluent, white male wearing spandex and riding an expensive bicycle with very fancy gear, and in reality that's absolutely not the case and it's changing fairly rapidly. We haven't reached racial parity at this point, but the trend is definitely that more women, more folks of color, more youth are riding."
Bike racers, for example, see cycling as a leisure activity--it's what they do in their spare time, for fun, with friends.
A bike commuter maybe doesn't identify herself as a cyclist, Szczepanski said, but rather as a person who rides her bike to get from point A to point B or to get to work to earn a living.
IMO that finial statement is where the lack of integration starts, many non-white people on bikes in this area seem to be using the bike to get from point A to point B, not for exercise and they are not labeling themselves as cyclists. If that attitude can be changed then we open the door for so much more beyond that. Maybe they never get into spandex but just changing their mindset on the tool they are using than greater enjoyment and integration could just be around the corner.