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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Bike Infrastructure

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

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Bicycle use is on the rise as cities and their dwellers seek transportation solutions to clogged streets and smoggy skies. Besides reducing traffic, emissions, and pollution, riding a bicycle is a healthy activity the reduces the risk of disease and therefore reduces health care costs. However, supportive infrastructure—such as well-planned bike lane networks, secure bike parking, and city bike-share programs,—is critical to successful bike use programs. As more bicycles are used in a city, emissions are reduced and the health of citizens improves. Project Drawdown ranks improving bike infrastructure as the 59th most important solution to combat climate change.

This collection contains stories (see below) that present a range of bicycle-friendly solutions, from an overview of bike share best practices for cities, to Milwaukie’s “Complete Streets” initiative that promotes cycling and pedestrian travel. Paris has an annual car free day to encourage alternative transport modes, helping to result in Paris dropping 45 percent of car use since 1990. Denmark is creating a culture of bicycle safety that’s so strong, riders don’t use helmets as roads are geared towards bikers and pedestrians. There is also a new map of Denver that highlights the least congested routes for bicycle commuters.  

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Stories In This Collection (5)

As Milwaukee embraces bikes and pedestrians with 'Complete Streets,' commercial development gets boost

As Milwaukee embraces bikes and pedestrians wit...
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Equity Makes Bike-Sharing Work, and Other Bike-Share Guidelines for Cities

Equity Makes Bike-Sharing Work, and Other Bike-...
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Interested In Biking More, But Scared By Busy Streets? There's A New Kind Of Map For You

Interested In Biking More, But Scared By Busy S...
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No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture

No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a...
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The entire city of Paris will be car-free for a day

The entire city of Paris will be car-free for a...
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