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ELSEWHERE: How to inspire millions more Americans to ride bicycles

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You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.

“Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users — busways, public plazas, space for pedestrians and, of course, bike lanes,” says David Vega-Barachowitz of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. “More protected bike lanes is one of the most important parts of this.”

Read More: How to inspire millions more Americans to ride bicycles | PeopleForBikes

  • I am glad to see the writer of this article acknowledge that our current system of unsafe bike lanes is discouraging millions of potential bike riders. His suggestion for fully protected bike lanes is a good one. An even better solution is dedicated bike paths, whenever possible. Urban trails, rail trails, canal trails & multipurpose paths provide recreation, safety and alternative transportation options for those of us who believe that riding on roads is unsafe & unhealthy.


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