More space for cyclists How the bike boom is shifting cycling infrastructure

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.

To learn more about these changes and how they could affect the future of cycling infrastructure, check out these articles:

More people are cycling during COVID-19. That matters.

Outside Magazine

Cleaner air, quieter streets, more people riding—there’s an opportunity here for cities and cycling advocates willing to grasp it.

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Thinking of buying a bike? Get ready for a very long wait.

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.

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The pandemic could make cities more bike-friendly—for good

Popular Science

Cities are creating “slow streets” to enable social distancing and prevent surges in traffic when they reopen.

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How cities are clamping down on cars


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.

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Cities are transforming as electric bike sales skyrocket

The Verge

Returning to a car-dominated city after the pandemic lockdown is ‘out of the question’.

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One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

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.

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Mapping how cities are reclaiming street space


To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians.

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The car is like a virus, says urban planner but this is one pandemic that politicians can prevent


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.

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London’s mayor turns to cycling to solve transit’s coronavirus problem

Bloomberg Green

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.

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Wary of public transport, coronavirus-hit Americans turn to bikes


Add fear to the list of reasons people ride bikes.

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Cities going the extra mile

‘Stay Safe, Stay Active’ SLC opens streets to pedestrian and cyclist traffic

KSL News Radio

Salt Lake City is closing additional streets to allow for more pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Friday.

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Oakland Slow Streets

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.

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Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic

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.

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Milwaukee begins closing streets to through traffic to provide more space for walking and biking

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee has begun closing low-volume streets to through traffic temporarily to allow for more room for walking, running and cycling.

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Three streets designated for pedestrian traffic indefinitely: Garden, Harvard and Magazine

Cambridge Day

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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