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How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking


Green Lifestyle  (tags: planet, cities, towns, transport, automobiles, bicycles, green living tips, health, healing, sustainable, travel, living simply, simple living )

Brian
- 748 days ago - yesmagazine.org
"How can planners attract the 60 percent of Americans who say they would bike more if they felt more secure? The answer could be cheap and simple."



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Comments

John B. (215)
Monday August 27, 2012, 2:08 pm
Thanks Brian for posting the link to the Yes Magazine article by Jay Walljasper. Great concept and I sincerely hope the idea catches on all over the nation. Read and noted.
 

Anne F. (17)
Monday August 27, 2012, 8:41 pm
Applaud the idea of marking streets. Note that LA mayor was injured in such a lane (car came across the bike space). Separated lane is good in the middle of the block - we also need marks and signs at intersections. Have you seen the green box, where bicyclists can wait in front of cars for the light
 

Patricia Cannell (751)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 8:59 am
We already have bike lanes here in Winnipeg. In the summer a lot of people commute downtown to work by bike. Thanks for the interesting article Brian. Noted.
 

Heather Rasm (5)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:53 pm
Great article! Maybe these changes will help encourage people to bike to a number of places. My family has recently challenged ourselves in biking to places that are within a 5 to 10 miles radious. It has been very interesting to say, "I want some ice cream. But I have to bike there. I don't really want ice cream...." Lol. It is a great experiment! Thanks for the post!
 

Michael O. (172)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 8:21 pm
We have many reserved cycling lanes here in Montreal and it certainly gives me an added feeling of security when I take advantage of them.

My climate does'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.
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:11 pm
I'd love to see a lot of bike lanes. Cycling is an environmentally friendly and fun way to go.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 11:55 pm
Bike or walk is better than cars, for sure.
 

Seda A. (4)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:21 am
thanks.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 3:36 pm
great thank u
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 6:13 pm
read & noted
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 7:11 pm
Good start. Most people feel safer away from the vehicle roads on separate paths -- dirt, gravel, paved.
 

Danuta Watola (1198)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:02 am
noted
 

Patricia H. (468)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:09 am
noted
 
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