Bike infrastructure is one of the most high-returning investments we can make in our towns and cities.
So your city’s made progress on bike safety—there are some nice new bike lanes, and more people out and about on two wheels. How to keep the momentum going? That’s the situation in this Strong Towns member’s hometown, and he has some ideas to share.
I keep thinking about the efficiency of the human body. Each model year comes equipped with space-saving design, lots of leg-room, built-in entertainment features, and is bio-fuel-compatible with generally limited emissions.
A bike-friendly 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 bike-friendly town is also more affordable for the whole community. 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).
Do you care about building bike-friendly communities?
Become a member of Strong Towns, a movement that is working to make this the norm across the continent.
Electric bikes and scooters have enormous advantages for short urban trips. How will they change our cities? When Elisha Otis introduced the safety elevator in 1852, he never imagined skyscrapers.
Myth busting time: that infuriating thing you saw a bicyclist do the other day? They were probably doing it for a reason, that reason probably had to do with safety, and it might not have been against the law after all.
Across the nation, cities are expanding stand-alone bike lanes into full networks everyday people actually like to use.
The biggest barrier we may have to tackle—the one that gives people a license to dismiss bikes as a transit outlier—is the misconception that bikes are a means of recreation instead of a tool for empowerment.
These four steps will help you assess whether your town is a safe place for children to walk and bike on their own.
The Iowa Department of Transportation helps educate the public with this video explaining why reducing an urban street from 4 to 3 lanes can be a win-win for drivers and pedestrians.
3 dollars and cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
To bring together "bike for leisure" and "bike for transportation" people, you need to look beyond cycling itself and find the deeper principle that has people energized in the first place: the radical idea that people should move and associate freely in the streets of any town or city.
(Top photo by Adam Coppola)