More bikes, healthier planet: but how to get there?
Bicycle use is experiencing a resurgence in much of the world, even the French are riding! In the USA, bicycling is on the cusp of even greater growth, rating the attacks of House Republicans who eliminated funding in the latest transportation bill. Yet, most cities still are hostile to experienced riders much less the average person.
In South America over 150 cities host weekly Ciclovias with attendees numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Despite the immense popularity of “open streets,” on Monday morning, the streets close to human transport. Even in overly lauded Portland, Oregon, most major streets are still frightening to cycle, with narrow or non-existent cycleways, high speed traffic and a culture that elevates speed above safety. If cycling is to increase, do we need Mayor Bloombergs everywhere? What do you find that works to give this affordable, convenient, healthy transportation option a leg up?