Cyclists are not disliked for their law breaking. Most of the time they’re not breaking the law and much of the time those accusing them of so doing don’t really know what the law states. Cyclists are disliked for transgressing social boundaries, for not doing what’s “normal”, for questioning a consumerist culture and a lifestyle that relies completely on the motorcar.

GUESS WHO JUST RODE THEIR BIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO WEEKS.

ME MOTHERFUCKERS, IT WAS ME. 

schnephanie:

Seriously fuck cars though, give cyclists their space

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elphias-treason:

Look at that grin. She’s so fucking pleased with herself.

elphias-treason:

Look at that grin. She’s so fucking pleased with herself.

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timmythechimp:

Recycled Bike Wheel Trellis.
Genius and beautiful. Must remember for Spring, wherever I am…

timmythechimp:

Recycled Bike Wheel Trellis.

Genius and beautiful. Must remember for Spring, wherever I am…

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If I am not mistaken, a cyclists has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.

 - Washington Rep. Ed Orcutt, defending a bike tax under consideration as part of a larger tax plan. He later apologized, calling his comments “over the top.” (via officialssay)

It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice”

I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.

So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.

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comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Privilege: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)” 

I HAVE SO MUCH HATE FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK ONLY RICH WHITE FOLKS USE BIKES AS TRANSPORTATION. In my city, it’s students and the poor who bike. It’s people who lost their license or can’t afford an automobile. It’s fucking folks who are so fucking impoverished that they peddle around with  bags strapped precariously all over their bikes, digging through other people’s trash for recyclables. 

There are totally cyclists who ride around in jerseys and cannondales that probably cost more than half a year’s rent, and it’s great that they are out there cycling. It’s great that there are suits out there cycling. But for them it’s a luxury; they’re helping the environment, they’re getting exercise. And I guess it’s an inconvenient truth, but just because poor folks aren’t choosing to do all of these “green” things, just doing it out of survival, doesn’t mitigate the impact of their actions.

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