Today was my first day volunteering for the Major Taylor Project. I decided to ride from Ballard to Cleveland High School and got there late As I rode, I thought about how segregated our society is by class and race. I was entering a part of town that I usually simply do not have an occasion to visit. Even when we may think of ourselves as broad-minded world citizens, our lives and our encounters tend to be filled with people like us.
The ride was longer than I anticipated, so I was late, and it was raining. I had trouble finding the group. Finally, I learned that no kids had shown up. That got me to thinking about how cycling is perceived to be (and is) a predominantly white sport. I sought to dig into this, and found this fascinating article in the Guardian from 2009 on how white cycling is. (Security settings do not allow me to post the link).
A lot of us seek to change this. A few years ago I saw a great article in the LA Times about a breakthrough on this front in LA. The article documented a tremendous growth in the number of Latinos cycling there. I think all of us in the club need to dedicate ourselves to changing both the reality and the perception...such a chicken and egg sort of thing. It also occurred to me that in the face of the assalt on DACA immigrant kids and the children of immigrants have a lot else on their minds.
Janet E. Ploss, MD