The Innovation That Will Inspire Millions More People to Bike


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There's good news for bicyclists as protected bike lanes become more prevalent across America.

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.”

Protected bike lanes separate people on bikes from rushing traffic with concrete curbs, plastic bollards or other means—and sometimes offer additional safety measures such as special bike traffic lights and painted crossings at intersections. Protected bike lanes help riders feel less exposed to danger, and are also appreciated by drivers and pedestrians, who know where to expect bicycles. Streets work better when everyone has a clearly defined space. 

The Continuing Evolution of Bicycling

11/15/2020 8:58:41 AM

Amazingly biased that this comprehensive discussion of alternate transportation fails to include the booming use of electric bikes, and the role e-bikes are playing in shifting the narrative. E-bike users generally have money, often are active in governance, and need bike lanes to be safe. Better lanes will help all two wheeled riders for sure.. but e-bikes make biking doable for everyone, and e-bikes plus protected lanes is sexier than a Tesla.

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