Asking tough questions about race, class, privilege, and sustainable cities

Through this blog and twitter we’ve been able to discover a pretty wide range of advocates, activists, bloggers, activist-bloggers, academics, scholar-activists, and others, who are writing about invisible cyclists in one form or another. We posted a bit of a roundup previously (see Invisible Cyclist Rides Again). As we discover new voices from time to time, we will post about them here.

Now is one of those times, having just discovered some very thoughtful pieces on equity, justice and the sustainable city by Taz Loomans at her blog called Blooming Rock.
Taz is an “architect turned writer and advocate for sustainable building practices and community-oriented design.” Although Julian met Taz on a recent visit to Portland, we did not check out her blog until stumbling on a piece she wrote for Sustainable Cities on 7 Reasons to Fund Bicycle Infrastructure.

blooming rockHere are some of her posts that ask tough questions about race, class, privilege, and livable and sustainable cities:

Sustainability According to the Haves and the Have Nots

Livability 101: Portland’s Livable Street Problem – The Equity Gap
(by guest blogger Hart Noecker of Rebel Metropolis)

And here are a few pieces on women and cycling:

Subversive Transportation and the Cultural Oppression of Women

Subversive Transportation: A History of Women Cyclists and How Women Cyclists Can Save the Planet Today

Comment here or tweet if you have suggestions of other work we should be featuring.

3 thoughts on “Asking tough questions about race, class, privilege, and sustainable cities

  1. Thank you for this blog! “Invisible Riders” remains one of the most influential articles I have ever read, not only for its subject matter, but for the process the author went through while writing it. I used it in a university course I taught for five years called The Bicycle: Vehicle for Social Change.

    I’ve just posted about this on One Street’s blog at and added you to our blogroll. While Defying Poverty with Bicycles focuses on programs that provide bicycles to disadvantaged people, your emphasis on equity for any bicycle effort certainly aligns. It might be a good fit for your blogroll.

    Please keep writing! I’ve signed up and am looking forward to your future posts.


  2. Thanks for visiting, Sue! It’s great to connect. We haven’t met but I am familiar with your Bike Shift Lever. I didn’t know until just now it was a kickstarter project or I would have supported it. Thanks for following us and keep up the great work. If you have ideas for posts on interesting angles on “invisible riders” in other parts of the world, let us know!

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