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."
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.
The original patent for the pedal-driven bicycle, filed by Pierre Lallement, US Patent No. 59,915 granted November 20, 1866
this always cracks me up because aw they got family members but that poor guy he just has a bicycle
that bicycle is all he has. he and the bicycle are taking a walk right now. later they might hit up the gym. it’s christmastime and he sits down with his bicycle and watches It’s A Wonderful Life
Bug on a Bike
Tustle Ico is an Indonesian photographer who photographs bugs, doing interesting things. In this case life imitates art.