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The Little Thing Our Cities Can Do to Inspire Millions More People to Bike


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Cal
- 163 days ago - alternet.org
Protected bike lanes help riders feel less exposed to danger, and are also appreciated by drivers and pedestrians, who know where to expect bicycles.



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Anne F. (17)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:20 pm
Working out good markings and sensible paths at intersections are good for cyclists and auto drivers both.
 

Michael O. (175)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:17 pm
Here in Montreal, the climate doesn't allow for cycling year-round, except for the most hard-core enthusiasts, but weather permitting, I cycle to work as much as possible for nearly nine months of the year. It's about 45 minutes/13 km each way, so it keeps me in shape, saves me a lot of money on gas, and reduces air pollution. I also try to do most of my errands, i.e. grocery shopping, the same way.

Obviously, if you live too far away from your place of work, it's not an option, but if you do live close by, give it a try. Too many people have been conditioned to believe that a bicycle is a child's toy or that cycling is simply a recreational activity. Once you "grow up", an adult uses a car to get around. We need to break out of that mindset and start to see the bicycle as a viable transportation option, not to be ridiculed, but admired.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:48 am
Where I live cyclists are a menace despite the cycle lanes they still cycle on the pavements have no road sense whatever do not wear helmets have no bells on their bikes and pay no attention to the elderly the infirm or mothers with young children.They should be made to pass a test same as car drivers and pay either road tax or insurance for accidents caused by their foolishness.
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:09 am
noted
 

Aaron Bouchard (145)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:10 am
Noted thanks
 

Arild Warud (170)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:38 am
TY Cal.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 4:42 am
Great things always start by tiny bits
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 4:54 am
Cyclists should be encouraged and protected as much as possible, but they should also be taught properly (mandatory) and fined when they break the rules!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:11 am
I agree with Lindsay Kemp as too many don't understand the law, this is kind of a two way street though, as I have been hit by cyclist in Holland while I was walking (and it's not pleasant). But as I use a scooter, these things help me out.
 

Panchali Yapa (19)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 7:49 am
Thank you
 

Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 11:01 am
we need it ,too
 

Katherine May Williams (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:43 pm
Noted.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:06 pm
Love it. Thanks for sharing.
 

gabriele jefferson (148)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:40 pm
noted,shared on fb,twitter,g+,thx.
 

Thomas M. (7)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:56 pm
Cycling everywhere in the world should be encouraged. The US is stupidified when it comes to bicycle use. Infrastructure development is way behind. Mass transportation is behind. Ain't AUSTERITY grand. Our leaders are stupidified beyond belief. We can't even accept children from Central America who are in danger. What a country we have become. STUPIDIFIED.
 

KAREN SickAgain G. (226)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 4:01 pm
Noted TY
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:21 pm
Noted.
 

Natasha Salgado (578)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:48 pm
I bike everywhere+keep hoping more will do the same. Too many gas guzzlers on our roads.
 

Anne F. (17)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:19 pm
You know, Portland Oregon has a vibrant cycling community, with lots of people riding to work or the bus stop. AND Portland has enforcement action including traffic court for cyclists who break the law.
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 1:12 pm
Thank you, Cal. It woulld be a great idea.
 

Heidi Wood (17)
Monday July 14, 2014, 12:08 pm
Greeley has sporadic bikes through the town if they would put them it might motivate people to ride bikes more. It is too dangerous because of that.
 

Panchali Yapa (19)
Monday July 14, 2014, 1:12 pm
Thank you
 

Danuta Watola (1217)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 3:26 am
Noted
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 11:57 am
Protected bike lanes...don't you have any...??? In Sweden we have a lot of them in almost every city...
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 11:59 am
And, me like my 25-year old bicycle...riding it every day...
 
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