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Bike Infrastructure Climate Solution

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

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Portland

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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 robust and well-planned bike lane networks, well-designed points of access where bicycles and cars meet, access to public transport, secure bike parking, city bike-share programs, and workplace showers—is critical to successful bike use programs. Where successful, programs and policies complement the infrastructure, educational programs are widespread, and liability laws are stricter to protect cyclists. A successful cycling program forms a virtuous circle; superior infrastructure attracts more riders, which leads to enhanced safety. As more bicycles are used in a city, emissions are reduced and the health of citizens improves.

This selection presents 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 going car free for a day to encourage alternative transport modes; Denmark creating a culture of bicycle safety that’s so strong, riders don’t use helmets; and 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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