Bike News Roundup: ‘Invisible cyclists’? Maybe you’re just not looking

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s some of the stuff floating around the web that caught our eyes recently.

First up, Adonia Lugo at the League of American Bicyclists hosted a fantastic conversation about the term “invisible cyclists,” a wishy-washy term often used to describe low income and/or undocumented people who use bikes to get around but are often left out of urban cycling conversations. But is the term itself marginalizing?

It’s a long video, but a great conversation. You can also check out the online conversation on the League’s website:

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! For something completely different, the Akron Metro wins:

National & Global News

As always, this is an open thread.

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5 Responses to Bike News Roundup: ‘Invisible cyclists’? Maybe you’re just not looking

  1. Matthew Snyder says:

    I asked Seattle City Light for an update on the ongoing and upcoming construction to the Burke-Gilman near UW. The section of trail between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE has been closed for months — it was supposed to be open by June, but it’s now more than four months behind schedule. The latest update is that it should be finished by the end of November.

    The section of trail to the west of campus, between the University Bridge and the City Light substation just south of trail near Dunn Lumber, will be closing in a week or two, and will remain closed through the end of the year. The initial plan, as reported here, was to detour cyclists into traffic on NE Pacific, which didn’t seem like a great idea for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, that plan has been modified: cyclists will still be detoured onto NE Pacific, but there will be a dedicated bike lane. I assume this lane will accommodate bi-directional bike traffic, although I don’t have any more details. I’m also not sure what the detour means for pedestrians, as there is not a sidewalk along Pacific (for parts of it, at least).

  2. ODB says:

    Recognizing the problematic nature of the term “invisible cyclists,” I’d like to propose a different term for another marginalized group: “RISIBLE Cyclists.”

    Recumbent Riders
    In opposition to

    The term “RISIBLE Cyclists” calls attention to the underserved community of recumbent riders, who pass unseen beneath the upright-centric (or “erectro-phallocentric”) gaze, as (re)produced in the discourse of bicycle advocacy.

    • Allan says:

      “Who pass unseen beneath” is the problem. That is why I don’t have one even though their design is vastly superior. When bikes are separated from cars everywhere, I will happily change over. Meanwhile I would rather be a bit over the top.

      • 47hasbegun says:

        I got a recumbent trike around seven years ago, but haven’t touched it since learning how to ride upright two-wheelers. The idea of riding it in traffic doesn’t appeal to me.

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