From Ken Ohrn:

Saw this on TV the other day.   Apple jumps onto the people riding bicycles thing.

It’s nothing new that corporations use people on bicycles to peddle (oops) their products — but this one is leaps ahead in length, focus and production values. “Look at the clever, hip people using our latest gizmo, and all the cool relevant stuff they do with it.” Oh yeah, and they’re all on bicycles too.

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Jason.

And it peripherally deals with this:

Race

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From Blooming Rock:

Some bicycling enthusiasts will insist that there are no barriers to entering the bicycling community and that it is open to anyone who wants to join. Just look at the comments on my post, Is Bicycling Only for Fit White People? And a lot of people will insist that there are certainly no racial barriers to bicycling. This may technically be true. Everyone is technically welcome to bicycling. But why is it, according to the research of Eve Bratman and Adam Jadhav, that “in some places, the people who ride are mostly wealthy and white?”

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And this:  The great bike divide: why miniorites bike less

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Race 2

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Is racial disparity and cycling even an issue in Vancouver – or different?

Comments

    1. Are you going to be the one to break it to the child in the photo immediately above your post that he is now a hipster, and that he really doesn’t want to ride his bike, it is just a fad? Both items may come as a surprise to him.

  1. Different races participate at different % in football, soccer, table tennis, badminton, Rugby, hockey .. so why would biking be any different ?

    Unclear what is race related and what is socio-economic background, culture, weather and/or upbringing.

    1. True. If one is already left out of the system (or whatever you want to call it.) and can’t get a car and/or license and the transit is pricey for their budget or doesn’t go to where they are then they might use a bike to get around. Then add to that the recent anti-cyclist fashion among some more privileged people and it’s just adds up to a bad experience. It’s enough to turn some people off of it and that’s unfortunate.
      Much of the anti-cyclist rants one can now read are so similar to previous anti-whoever rants of the past. With some of the same “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” logic too. It’s similar to anti-Gay stuff of twenty years ago. In fact more similar to being gay than a person of colour as someone can “pass” as a majority-person. People tend to not say their racist stuff when someone of that race is in the room but with anti-gay and anti-cyclist stuff, one of “them” could be there in the room listening to it.
      It’s all very weird. I’ll be glad when everyone moves on to something else.

  2. Well Vancouver is changing, however..

    Someone should be able to properly to explain why Richmond is quite car-centric despite slow serious attempts to have cycling infrastructure. After all, all those crowds around shopping malls in Richmond, are not filled with bikes in the lots. Transit seems to be the other non-car solution that people will take… Oh I forgot, isn’t it 60% Asian descent population there?

    Perhaps a cycling advocate/staff from that city, can explain?

    I would argue, still the car rules as a desirable status symbol in the eyes of some folks.

    1. If you have spent your life striving for economic success and move to a new country, you’re not likely to embrace the bicycle, which is seen as a backward symbol of Mao-era poverty. You’re going to find the nearest BMW dealership ASAP. Bikes aren’t aspirational goods.

  3. Seeing lots of Asian-Canadians on Calgary (it is 25% in pop.) on bikes? I don’t….at least not in the downtown core where I bike and work. And I bike 20 km. north to the suburban edge to go shopping at TT along a park pathway system: give me a break, I see less than 10 bikes on a lovely summer day parked up at an Asian mall. This area is well served by interconnected bike paths and parkland. Not cramped like Richmond at all.

  4. different race (or culture) .. different preferences (for food, transportation, colour, clothing, hairstyles …)

    Unfortunately hardly anyone studies race these days as it is not politically correct. It is all credited towards “culture” .. but is that really true ?

  5. My sense is that new immigrants feel the need to display their wealth more than established Canadians do.

    My neighbours reflect that divide. All the established families, regardless of ethnic origin, drive vehicles that suit their needs and personalities: there are small practical cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Camry, crossovers like the Ford Escape and Subaru Legacy, vans from GMC, Honda and Mazda, and even a couple of big American muscle cars that disturb the peace with their big engines and custom exhaust systems. Recent immigrants stand out because they all drive BMW or Mercedes sedans and SUVs.

    I perceive a different divide in the area when it comes to bicycles. Those on two wheels are overwhelmingly from places that might qualify as “western civilization” from Persia to Portugal, Iceland to Argentina. Even the established Asian families, some of whom may be 5th or 6th generation Canadians, who drive practical cars, walk to the store and ride the bus do not cycle. I can’t explain why.

    1. Someone should study that. Doesn’t Gordon Price have some PhD candidates he could unleash on that topic ?

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