I commend the Indy for their feature on bicycling in the Triangle. Multimodal transportation, including bicycling, is a cornerstone to the growth and maintenance of healthy urban areas. Bicycling can be both a practical means from point A to point B and a great source of recreational joy. Thank you for the encouragement to travel and have fun sans car.
I do, however, question the depiction of cyclists in the Indy's spread. Why is the cover image of a middle-aged white man in full kit posing alone with a several thousand dollar road bike? Is this image truly representative of the Triangle's cycling population? For example, why not use a photo depicting one of the area's many successful group or social rides, an image that would reflect the diversity of ridership that any urban community would be proud of?
Further, why do all the feature articles within the spread depict only men, and the "How to Bike" insets feature only women? What sort of message are the authors and the publication trying to send? That the competent and valued cyclists in the area are all men, and the women are the beginners?
The Indy's bike feature is a good start, but, as one of the authors readily admits, it is only a limited look at a much more multifaceted Triangle bike community. I look forward to the Indy's next attempt.
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