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Re: “Riding the routes with six Triangle commuters

In case you haven't seen, this video features several people of color, including one who commutes everywhere on his bike.

Posted by Rich Giorgi on 09/06/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Riding the routes with six Triangle commuters

Thanks Grayson. Paolo's story was fantastic. And I won't debate his qualifications as a POC, because I don't think that's a healthy discussion. There are plenty of home-grown, or transplant, riders in the Triangle who don't fit the WM distinction. If you'd ever like to meet and talk with some of them, personally or on behalf of the Indy, I'll be happy to facilitate a meeting.

Inclusive, not exclusive. That's what we aim for. If we never open the dialogue, all we can ever attain is the status quo. And the status quo ain't what it used to be...

Perhaps to balance the issue, the next Ride will feature all POCs? I'd personally kiss your check, which is either an incentive or deterrent, depending on how much you like me.

I've already been called a racist and "part of the problem" by a white male (who happens to be part of the Carrboro biking advocacy community) because I dared to question whether he should remain the default representative for all things cycling. Not him personally, mind you. But his group. White males. And no, I didn't say that to him. He simply reacted angrily to me suggesting that POCs should have been included, as he exclaimed "black people just don't ride bikes." Besides the ridiculousness of his accusation and claims, I guess what I'd like to accentuate is that, directly or indirectly, we should all avoid reinforcing that particular mind set.

Let's continue this over coffee one day...

Posted by Rich Giorgi on 09/05/2015 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Riding the routes with six Triangle commuters

Thanks Grayson. Last year's story was definitely a success story, but he's a novelty rider, and a great one at that. But we need to accentuate normal, everyday riders of all shapes and sizes and shades. Next time you need racial diversity, come to our shop. It's in your control to see more racial diversity. A few cancellations shouldn't lead to further solidifying the untrue myth that POCs don't ride bikes.

And I use POC as a catch-all. Black men and women, Asian men and women, Hispanic men and women, south Asian men and women, they all ride and work at the ReCYCLEry, and should be visible. That sentence is just too long to tweet, hence the POC acronym. 😔

I believe your intention is always good. I love the Indy. Which is why I'll harshly criticize when I think the paper I love missed the mark.

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Posted by Rich Giorgi on 09/04/2015 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Riding the routes with six Triangle commuters

Love this (and The ReCYCLEry's awesome mechanic classes get mentioned by our friend Anthony Pergolotti)... but where are the POC? (For those acronym-challenged, that's People Of Color). C'mon Indy Week...bicycle commuters come in all shades and sizes. Why can't our lists be representative of our communities?

By the way, bike section: white guy, white guy, white guy, white girl, four white guys, one white girl, brown bike thief. I guess that's what's meant by diversity... The ReCYCLEry knows lots of people who bike to work who aren't of the same demographic. Or the same hue. I expect more from the Indy...

Rich Giorgi, Founder and Board Chair of the ReCYCLEry

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Posted by Rich Giorgi on 09/04/2015 at 5:53 PM

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