Using Twitter to discuss biking and walking while Black

by: Stefani Cox, Writer

Feb 15 MoveEquity

February is Black History Month, and, as we’ve discussed before, there are still too many barriers Black Americans face in safely walking and biking through public space.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership hosted a #MoveEquity Tweetchat this week on Walking, Biking, and Being Active While Black to mark this important month. Better Bike Share Partnership had the honor of being invited as a co-host to the discussion, along with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, GirlTrek, America Walks, Detroit Greenways, and Voices for Healthy Kids.

The conversation explored what it means for Black people to navigate public space, and highlighted the importance of integrating race into discussions on active transportation. The general consensus was that meaningful engagement and inclusion can’t happen when treating those two topics as entirely separate.

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(For a deeper discussion of how race issues affect bicycling accessibility, be sure to follow our series highlighting research by Charles Brown and James Sinclair of Rutgers University.)

The #MoveEquity chat also touched on a few specific issues, such as how to include youth voices in active transportation initiatives, as well as how to address concerns of gentrification.

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A full roundup of the conversation is archived on Storify.

The Better Bike Share Partnership is a JPB Foundation-funded collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our weekly newsletter. Story tip? Write stefani@peopleforbikes.org.