In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada’s British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.
As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible.
Talk about efficient bureaucracy! Only two weeks after someone attached plungers (!!) to the road on a bikelane that was being used by cars as a right turn lane, the city of Wichita said “hey, good idea!” and ran with it.
Hello Bloor Viaduct. Am I right people?
Two weeks after two rows of plungers set up to temporarily protect a Wichita bike lane went viral around the world, the City of Wichita has decided that come to think of it, those plungers were making a pretty good point.
This week, Kansas’ largest city spent about $1,000 to order and install permanent flexposts for installation along 100 feet of the bike lane, which had often been encroached on by people using the space as an illegal turn lane for their cars.
The new flexposts, which will stand in the footprints of the anonymously installed plungers, should prevent that by creating a very short stretch of protected bike lane.
A genius program, and one Toronto should think about. Once (if?) Toronto gets an adequate network of bike lanes across the city (oh hey, Minimum Grid), a long ride to wherever you need to go is much more doable with a little electric boost to your pedals.
(NOT talking about the horrible “e-bikes” that look like scooters that are NEVER pedaled – talking about regular looking bikes that get a little push from an electric motor, extending the range someone can go).
The same goes for electric cargo bikes, apparently. The city of Oslo, which has a population of about 600,000, announced an initiative last week to allocate 5 million Kroner ($600,000) toward subsidizing electric cargo bikes for anybody who wants one.
The grant will cover 25% of any electric bike purchase with a cap of $1,200. The going price for an electric bike ranges from $2,400 to $6,000, according to CityLab.
So, while the city is not going as far as offering up the bikes for free, it helps make the high cost less prohibitive.
Tons of people bike in the winter.
Just check out the recent Coldest Day of the Year Ride for a great Toronto example, and read below about a Finnish city of 200,000 (less than 10% of Toronto’s population) having more bike infrastructure than us.
This weekend, Torontonians celebrated winter cycling with the Coldest Day of the Year Ride. The annual event is an opportunity to demonstrate demand for cycling infrastructure in all seasons and draw attention to the conditions cyclists face as they navigate not just traffic, but also snow and ice.
Meanwhile, in Oulu, Finland, winter cycling is less of a rallying cry than a fact of life. Careful planning and ongoing improvements to seasonal maintenance have normalized cycling through the snow in Finland’s fifth-largest city.
Most pedestrians and cyclists are killed at intersections, so shouldn’t we make them safer?
Protected intersections — a clever way to rearrange traffic so that people on bikes and cars no longer have to look over their shoulders for each other — have existed for decades in other countries. But after they were visualized for the U.S. context in 2011 by the Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur and given a name in 2014 by the U.S. planner Nick Falbo, the design burst into the spotlight. Last year, four opened to regular traffic: two in Austin, one in Salt Lake City and one in Davis, California.
Read more: Green Lane Project