Cycling infrastructure envy

I wonder if Denmark has noticed how all the other countries on the map are slowly turning green with envy.

Copenhagen – City of Cyclists from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

The Green Wave in Copenhagen from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

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6 thoughts on “Cycling infrastructure envy

  1. Even Toronto is building separated cycling paths: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/06/15/toronto-bike-plan.html

    The report suggests that further study be conducted to evaluate different design options for the separated bike lane network and identify its impacts. These additional studies would also lead to the implementation of bike lanes on Sherbourne Street and Wellesley Street next year.

    “We have to improve safety for cyclists and we have to make sure that motorists don’t veer into lanes of cyclists,” said Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, chairman of the city’s public works committee.

    “Cyclists are a reality. There are more of them and we have to have an appropriate way for them to get around the downtown,” he told CBC’s Jamie Strashin.

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    1. Simon Kennett

      I like Bristol as an example – hilly, a bit wet & cold, bit of a petrol-head culture, but has still seen great progress in the growth of cycle commuting (like Wellington, but a few years ahead).

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  2. Megan

    In cities like LA, Boston, Seville, there was STRONG leadership from local governments in support of change. In Boston and LA, at least, each city had the push of a supportive mayor who initiated dedicated bike programs. In Seville, I don’t know if it was a mayor or otherwise, but they likewise ended up with a dedicated bike program that worked with both city leaders and the public to transform its streets. I suppose it begs the question: where is the leadership on this issue in Wellington? We may have a bike-riding mayor, but I don’t see or feel any urgency to address the city’s congestion and accommodate the growing number of riders coming from the city.

    Please. Tell me I’m wrong. But it’s leadership that’s going to open the door to the change and ensure that it’s not piecemeal and doesn’t take 30 years. So, how do we get leadership on board?

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    1. I’m curious as to why the cycling portfolio didn’t go to Cr Andy Foster. He has a good record on this stuff and he holds the rest of the transport portfolio.

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