Does this mean I am getting a coffee shop down the block in the near future?
Snark aside, interesting article. I saw this as especially relevant to the tension/conflict that arose out here when the W. Broad lanes were in the planning stages:
But it’s worth reconsidering our assumptions. The pet causes of affluent whites have long received more attention than immediate issues affecting those in disadvantaged communities. And while making bicyclists safer on the road might seem to benefit everyone, such city infrastructure initiatives have complex political, race and class components.
considering how many outside of the immediate neighborhoods presented the bike lanes as such a compelling need without thought to issues around crime/safety, economic development and so forth.
I will say, though, that we will lose if we choose to look at improvements, be it bike lanes or dog parks or whatever, so narrowly. These can be great additions provided they fit within the fabric of the community. There needs to be a careful balance between those more pressing needs and aesthetic improvements that can benefit the larger region.
Found this interesting as well:
while African-American respondents were more likely to be concerned about their lack of knowledge about bicycling laws and rights and the feasibility of traveling with children.
Seems Columbus isn't the only city that gets a little too focused on infrastructure vs. education and outreach to community members.