A bikeable town is more affordable for residents—who can save thousands of dollars every year if they have the option to bike instead of drive. It also builds healthier communities, both financially and physically.
A bikeable town is also more affordable for the community as a whole. Bike infrastructure is far cheaper to maintain than car infrastructure and results in more financially productive places—not to mention healthier, safer citizens (including drivers).
We can take incremental, low-cost steps to make our towns more bike-friendly and safe for cyclists of all ages.
To connect two college campuses on a tight budget, Modesto, CA creatively uses signage, posts and striping to create a protected bike path for a fraction of the original predicted cost.
This week, we covered a ton of bike-related topics including bike lanes, bike racks, and bike-friendly towns.
This week, as part of our Bikeability campaign, we asked readers to share examples of good (and not-so-good) bike racks in their communities. Here is a selection of some of your submissions.
How can we nudge towns to start becoming more people-oriented, and safe for all modes, ages, and abilities?
Incremental growth, flexible design, small bets...these are hallmarks of a Strong Towns approach, present in bike share. The bike share movement is inviting new users to try out bikes, and it's adapting to the needs of the towns and neighborhoods where it has been implemented.
John Simmerman is the founder of Active Towns. In this interview, he talks about strategies for creating a culture of activity in towns across America.
As people become increasingly frustrated dealing with traffic, perhaps we need to rethink the use of our transportation dollars and give the bicycle an opportunity to emerge in this chapter of history.
These low-cost strategies will make biking easier and safer in any community.
Victoria is a Canadian town with a bold mission: To become the best small biking city in the world. In this interview, Victoria's mayor talks about how the city plans to accomplish this goal and what it will mean for their community.
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