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Old 07-05-06, 05:36 AM   #1
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Article in July/Aug Utne Reader

I read a pretty good article in Utne the other day about Latino commuters in CA. "Invisable Riders" I believe was the title...I believe it appeared in Bicycling originally last year.
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Old 07-05-06, 05:45 AM   #2
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that article was taken from bicycling magazine actually.

they had a great couple months where thay actually did several articles a month on commuting!

i used to really hate that magazine but lataly they seem like they are finally upping the "content" to more than just bike shootouts and fitness articles.
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Old 07-05-06, 07:49 AM   #3
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I thought it was just for may that they were running commute articles
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I so want a subscription to Velo Vision. It's just so expensive. We really need an American cycling magazine like that.
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I see lots of Latino immigrant commuters on bikes and rollerblades. Many are on their way to/from jobs that don't pay much so riding a bike makes good economic sense.
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Old 07-06-06, 01:00 AM   #6
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We see them in this area as well. The only complaint I have is that they ride with no helmet on the sidewalk with and against traffic and use the cross walks as extended bike paths paying little attention to traffic rules / laws.

I have been encouraged lately seeing them ride at night with blinkies and small lights.

It is unfortunate that the selection of bikes at the local Wally World is limited to 47 pound full suspension mountain bikes. They would be so much better off with a good commuter type bike like one sees in China, India or many other developing nations.
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Here it is:

http://www.utne.com/pub/2006_136/promo/12170-1.html

Bicycling coalitions need to do a better job of serving people who ride out of necessity. Bilingual materials would be a good start.
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Old 07-06-06, 11:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for the link. It's definitely a good point of view to remember, especially for us suburban "bike commuters by choice". I agree with bbonnn.
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