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Has Cycling Improved Its Diversity Problem?

Has Cycling Improved Its Diversity Problem?

British Cycling We know that cycling has a diversity problem . But is it improving, staying stagnant or getting worse? The second edition of the…

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We know that cycling has a diversity problem . But is it improving, staying stagnant or getting worse? The second edition of the Diversity in Cycling report landed last month, and author Andy Edwards believes that since the first report launched in 2019, the cycling landscape has (finally) begun to change. Here, we’re digging into a few of the key insights he shared in the report.

First, the global landscape in terms of conversation about race and the importance of diversity in all spaces has opened up since 2019. “ 2020 was a landmark year,” Edwards, a member of British Cycling’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and the report’s author, says. “The murder of George Floyd prompted a more open conversation about racism, and, with the world in lockdown, more people discovered cycling, particularly from under-represented backgrounds.”

In fact, while the report is specific to cycling culture in the UK, many of the concepts and ideas shared are global themes and this edition of the report contains significantly more global stats and themes than the original. “There are significant differences in how race and racism play out in the UK and USA, but when it comes to cycling, there are many similarities and a shared sense of purpose,” Edwards notes. Video player poster image Authentic visibility and inclusivity is key

Most of the riders surveyed felt as though the clubs they belonged to (minority-specific and women’s groups obviously excepted) did not do anything to appeal to minority cyclists. Riders pointed […]

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