Denver Bike Share Membership Almost 90% White

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 06:23 PM

A Denver bike share station (RTD photo)

Denver's bike share users are overwhelmingly white.

"Our demographic profile is nothing to be proud of , and we know that," said Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver's bike share program.

Speaking Thursday at the Designing Cities conference, Burnap displayed the results of a self-reported survey that found 89.9 percent of users are Caucasian, 4.7 percent are Hispanic, and 0.7 percent are African American.  According to Census statistics, 53 percent of Denver County residents are white non-Hispanic.

"We are mostly male, mostly white, mostly wealthy, mostly well educated,” she said. “Still, it's not a surprising early adopter profile."

Denver's findings are consistent with bike share programs in other cities. Earlier this year, a study found that whites are overrepresented in D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare.

Burnap said Denver's bike share program had yet to expand to lower income, more diverse neighborhoods, which are "separated from downtown by a river, a highway, and an industrial corridor."  Denver plans to install stations in more far-flung neighborhoods in order to reach more users.

Kate Fillin-Yeh, the director of New York's bike share program, said the city was taking steps to make sure its system reaches more users.

"We're working very closely with the [NYC] Housing Authority to find good locations on NYCHA campuses," she said, " and then using that as a way to start a conversation about creating a discount membership for NYCHA residents."

Under New York's plan, NYCHA residents would pay $60 for an annual membership. The undiscounted price is $95.



Comments [6]


This is the new WORLD under the Obama administration Called "The UN AGENDA 21 PLAN". And to bemoan White People and they participating more into Bike riding is the new way of putting them down and prasing the lazy minoritites. This is riducliuos and I'm a BLACK Man that can SEE it and 'Get it'. GOOGLE 'Tom DeWeese Agenda 21' and Goggle on youtube: Agenda 21. Get informed of the easing into of ONE WORLD ORDER for 'communities' with Bikes, NOT cars, work and shop in your 'communitee'. Third World order. Get informed and educated so you can know What's COMING NEXT.

Oct. 30 2012 09:10 PM
John T.

Why must people bemoan the "whiteness" of everything? What kind of self loathing impulse is bred into these people?

Oct. 29 2012 08:05 PM

I'm white and quite proud of this.

Oct. 29 2012 06:40 PM

“Our demographic profile is nothing to be proud of , and we know that,” said Parry Burnap.

What a Swpl turd this guy is. Why is it so shameful that white people do something and others avoid it or don't even care about it? Big deal. Quite wringing your hands, Parry.

Oct. 29 2012 06:27 PM
walter trexell

can we shut down your racist program?

Oct. 29 2012 05:53 PM

What's everyone upset about? All Bike Share programs have the same profile. Does this profile not follow the profile of the pool of bike commuters, or of the general population? Does the operator avoid minority nabes? Is the fee specifically set to discourage poor or minority participation?
White, affluent and educated riders are your proven users. The same profile is true of car-owners.
The operator needs to get max revenues with lowest investment. It is a profit-making enterprise with some revenues going to the city.

Oct. 26 2012 03:28 PM

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