Sunday, January 31, 2016

BIKE CULTURE NEEDS BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

The City of St. John's has had rounds of engagement regarding the issue of safe bicycle transportation within it's boundaries. i

The selection  of routes has led to more than one fracas. 

Statistics Canada data indicates that more and more people are taking to bikes to get to work. I like to walk to work and occasionally ride my bike. Although riding a bike in St. John's is a riskier venture than I am interested in taking during rush hour.

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Having lived in biker friendly cities like Ottawa, one can see the benefits of building infrastructure that promotes a healthier lifestyle. 

Germany recently opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that will eventually span over 62 miles. This highway is an entirely separate roadway that will remain completely car-free. 

In a study completed by regional development group RVR, it's projected to take 50,000 cars off the road each day!

Surely we can do better to tip the scales towards more friendly, healthy, safe alternatives for transportation.

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