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Report: Youth, Women, and People of Color Leading Bicycle Charge in U.S.

Rodrigo Mejia

The League of American Bicyclists just issued a report entitled, "The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity."

It found that as trends in the U.S. point towards cycling and developing infrastructure to support it, it's youth, women, and people of color picking up bicycles faster than any other group.

African American, Hispanic, and Asian American populations accounted for 23 percent of all bike trips in the U.S. in 2009, it found, and are more likely to support measures geared towards biking.

The report goes on to point out that, "many of these diverse populations have been overlooked by traditional organizations and transportation planners."

And in response, community-based bike chapters and urban planning nonprofits have begun focusing on projects that increase the "bikeability" of these overlooked neighborhoods.

The goal of which is to promote safer commutes as more bikers take to the road and to foster a healthier lifestyle that follows bicycling.

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