More space for cyclists How the bike boom is shifting cycling infrastructure
Across the US and the world, more and more people are choosing to go by bike instead of taking cars or public transportation.
This bike boom has started to positively shift the way that cities think about cycling infrastructure, too. City officials are cordoning off lanes and even closing streets to make more space for bike lanes, and there’s hope among cycling advocates that improvements like this will become permanent.
Laura Bliss, Bloomberg CityLab
“Los Angeles and Houston are hardly cycling capitals. But both saw surges in biking after Covid-19 began, according to new data from the fitness app Strava.”
Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
“As coronavirus lockdowns crept across the globe this winter and spring, an unusual sound fell over the world’s metropolises: the hush of streets that were suddenly, blessedly free of cars.”
As thousands of Europeans turn to bicycling during the coronavirus crisis, NPR correspondents in Paris and London report on how those two cities have responded to the new demand.
Cleaner air, quieter streets, more people riding—there’s an opportunity here for cities and cycling advocates willing to grasp it.
The New York Times
The United States is facing a shortage of bicycles as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise has sent the demand surging.
Cities are creating “slow streets” to enable social distancing and prevent surges in traffic when they reopen.
Cities around the world are seeing dwindling numbers of fossil-fuel powered cars on their streets during lockdown, and many are planning to keep it that way.
Returning to a car-dominated city after the pandemic lockdown is ‘out of the question’.
The Washington Post
When residents of Europe’s major cities finally emerge from weeks of lockdowns later this month, they’ll be met with at least one enduring change from the pandemic: miles and miles of new bike lanes.
To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians.
Let me introduce you to Austrian civil engineer Dr. Hermann Knoflacher. This urban planner once led the Institute for Transport Planning and Technology at the Vienna University of Technology.
To get London moving again, the city’s mayor wants to drastically increase space for bicycles and pedestrians, measures that could permanently transform the capital.
Add fear to the list of reasons people ride bikes.
Cities going the extra mile
KSL News Radio
Salt Lake City is closing additional streets to allow for more pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Friday.
City of Oakland, CA
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing many aspects of how we live, move about our cities and get essential physical activity. The City of Oakland is launching Oakland Slow Streets to support this new way of life.
The Seattle Times
Nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will permanently close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Thursday.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee has begun closing low-volume streets to through traffic temporarily to allow for more room for walking, running and cycling.
Effective the week of June 15, Cambridge plans to close three streets to regular traffic at all hours, making them “shared streets” with reduced vehicular traffic intended for walking as well as use by cyclists.
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