Equity and bicycling

An adjacent topic to manufacturing is the equity in the many bike shop and sharing communities popping up in cities all around the United States.

Groundswell’s recent feature about the Newark Bike Shop in Delaware gives some tips on how to make sure all biking communities are equitable for all interested members:

“Community bike shops habitually tie together equity and environmental issues. Many give away free bicycles to those in need and sell donated bikes for cheap, so people who couldn’t otherwise afford them can have access to reliable transportation free of fossil fuels.

The shops also often make an effort to deliberately reach out to low-income people, whether through using local social services to connect individuals to their programs.”

Ease of transportation is a major factor in the success of urban manufacturing – both for moving people and products. Bicycling is definitely a part of that; not to mention, making bikes is manufacturing!