Denver Bike Share Membership Almost 90% White

Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation, October 25, 2012

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/baldowl baldowl

    The black definition of share is pretty much the same as our definition for steal.

  • Puggg

    Coming soon:  A psych/sociology study that proves that sharing is racist.

  • KD_Did

    Blacks prefer the Car Share program that’s offered on city streets by TruTV.

  • HamletsGhost

    For blacks, “bike share” usually translates to “bike snare”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rusty-Shackelford/1434757800 Rusty Shackelford

    You need to pay for a membership and get a key fob or use a credit card to check a bike out from most bike share program docks. That disqualifies most blacks right there.

    • puffdaddy

      Well I guess that proves the program is racist – let’s force them to up the quota of blacks and then take bets on how long it takes before the program falls completely apart.

  • 5n4k33y35

    Sad to see how they do the work of those who hate them, brow-beating themselves in anticipation of the inevitable anti-white-male rhetoric.

    A “politically correct” Neil Armstrong would have said “This is one small step for a privileged white male, and another slap in the face to women and minorities”.

  • MarcusTrajanus

     ”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”

    The true number is probably higher that 89.9 percent, since they are splitting the White demographic into Hispanic and non-Hispanic groups and only counting non-Hispanic Whites as “Caucasian”.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Heartbreaking.

    My Monday was going pretty darn good until this bombshell dropped…

  • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

    Early adopters are nothing to be proud of, because they are too White.

    Fascinating that Whites automatically default to “sadly, regrettably, unfortunately” when anything is identified by Whiteness.    

    “Whiteness demeans other cultures,” is their mantra.

    Why to we care about the doom to come? Don’t we deserve it?

    • RisingReich

       No.  We don’t deserve it.  The current state of affairs was engineered by a certain group of people who have lorded over the regular citizenry in this country really since the end of WWII…it just accelerated to Mach level speeds after 1965.

      The vast majority of Whites never signed up for this – we were never asked or given an opportunity to say NO to this guilt campaign. 

      Paybacks will be made with interest, I anticipate.

      • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

        Jonathan Bowden, the Great White Orator, would agree with you.

        Listen to Credo and Western Civilization Bites Back.

      • blight14

         Well stated Reich and understood…….Paybacks need to be of epic proportions…..

        • The__Bobster

          We’re making a list and checking it twice.

          • blight14

             And we KNOW who’s been naughty and nice……it has been said that work sets you free…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7RORAJVG7LJJZECDJIILHJBE7U So CAL Snowman

    “We are mostly male, mostly white, mostly wealthy, mostly well educated . . .”

    Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t that fit the “bike enthusiast” demographic to a T?  If they had a crack pipe share and the results were that 90% of the users were black males would anybody throw a fit?

    • blight14

       “We are mostly male, mostly white, mostly wealthy, mostly well educated . . .”

      AKA desirable members of society….

  • IKantunderstand

    Wow, I mean just wow, how can an organization like bike sharers get away with this blatant discrimination against Blacks in this day and age. For shame! Have you guys never heard of the honor system? If sharing a bike was made easier on our darker hued compatriots, I’m sure the participation of Blacks would exceed your expectations. And result in no bikes for anyone. Hey, can’t have everything!

  • RisingReich

    Don’t worry.  As soon as black ‘ridership’ picks up so will the rate of ‘lost or stolen’ (read ‘borrowed’) bikes, which will translate into less overall ridership, which should in turn diminish the White percent and boost the black percent.

    I hope the owners of this ‘business’ realize that the black mayor and black police ‘chief’ will be of no assistance tracking down the bikes – even if they have LoJack on them.

    Not proud of the demographic huh?  How proud will you be when your fleet is ‘missing’?

  • Detroit_WASP

    The starting line-up of the NBA is what….98% black.  I wonder if blacks are ashamed?  Nope, only goofy white liberals say dumb things like that.

  • http://twitter.com/seedymedia r j p

    What did the black kid down the street get for his birthday?

    Your bike.

    I am sorry …… 

  • APaige

    Wow! A mode of mass transportation that blacks have not destroyed yet.
    Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and I have to refuse to ride the bus because Rosa Parks’ grandkids (or great grand kids) ride the bus.

  • bluffcreek1967

    “We are mostly male, mostly white, mostly wealthy, mostly well educated” – Ah yes, isn’t that horrible? Here, once again, Whites must feel bad and grovel because of their White skin, their wealth, their male gender, and their high level of education.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XWI54NZMQMF47NXYB2EEQAFLKA Orville

     This outfit sounds like a cover for some sort of white liberal homosexual hook up group.

    • World_War_Me

      Hahahaha

  • mobilebay

    Let the celebration begin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.west.7946 Jonathan West

    Autumn Pasquale?  Who’s that?  Oh yea, that poor little white girl killed just last week.  Huh!  The speed which the media dropped that story the day the boys arrested turned out to be black had to be a new record even for them.  Incredible.  And how sad for Autumn. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/46FA2C5VM2FPL6355FO2BVJ3LQ Ahxsehl

    That would be 60% black, 40% hispanic

  • 1XXX

    More blacks = Lower quality of life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TINHFXEXLNXTHQZALJMYIM6OFA Peter

    Why can’t we just be proud of the program because it works and not worry about the skin color of it’s participants? This reminds me of an old joke;
    Q: Why is Aspirin white?
    A; You want it to work don’t you.

  • World_War_Me

    LOL — that was great!

  • World_War_Me

    Excellent point

  • World_War_Me

    That was brilliant.

  • bubo

    So a program that mostly appeals to white, urban mostly liberal types is shown to be overwhelmingly white and urban.   That is a shocking development.  

    I used to work at a grocery store when I was in college.  Every couple weeks the store manager would have to rent a Uhaul and he and I would go back into the mostly black neighborhood and retrieve all of our shopping carts that had been dumped after blacks used them to take their groceries home.    There was no incentive for them to bring them back, so they didn’t.  Just dump it in a ditch, that’ll do.  

    I imagine this bike share would go down the same way unless there was some gps signal that would lock the bike’s mechanism up after a day or so.  Then they’d just dump them or destroy them.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

    Install extra-wide seats and drink holders for malt liquor on all the bicycles. That should be good for moving the bike-share membership in the desired direction.