Let's face it, being a bicyclist riding on roads shared by automobile drivers who are supposedly law-abiding and not distracted by their self-phones and radios, is sorta' like being an antelope walking through a pride of lions that are supposedly tame and well-fed. "Yeah, but, what if?" Sure feels better to be off the savanna and on a bike path.
And now, I'll read the article...
...Read it and I was right.
And look, it's affordable to become number one in the world! Even for Shreveport!:
"And even within the cycling-happy Netherlands, as David Hembrow has noted, the cities that have better infrastructure—and not necessarily the most densely populated ones—have higher cycling rates. And what's the annual cost of the world's best cycling infrastructure? By Hembrow's estimates, is roughly 30 euros for each Dutch citizen—well less than a tank of gasoline."
Could Shreveport become one of the best places to live in the world, let alone the United States, just by investing in bicycle infrastructure? Apparently, yes.
But here's where my heart is in all this: making people live longer because they're healthier, and live happier because it's just more fun to ride a bike than be carried in a car.
AND BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY:
"I do believe the separate facility is the best," says Jacob Larson, a researcher at McGill University who recently completed a study of Montreal's bicycle infrastructure. "Not only in terms of actual safety performance but in terms of encouraging people who are less likely to ride their bikes. These people shouldn't have to be some kind of breakneck radicals that are really diehards—it should be a clear and safe option, and I think separate facilities give the perception that it is, and often do provide a truly safer alternative."
I wanna get our seniors biking, triking, walking, whatever, but they do not feel safe on a street. But can we build a network of roadways and paths devoted to bike-ped use affordably? Yes we can.
Here's an example of how. Barclays bank is sponsoring two bicycling projects in London described in this article posted on their website. An excerpt:
"The Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Superhighway schemes will launch in July 2010 and provide an environmentally sustainable way to travel.
Approximately 6,000 Barclays-branded cycles will be available for hire from 400 specially designed docking stations, covering nine 'Zone 1' boroughs in central London, providing a network where cycles can be picked up and dropped off.
To encourage a switch from other modes of transport for shorter journeys, users will be able to access the scheme from £1.
The separate Barclays Superhighway scheme will create designated cycle routes across London with two routes open initially with a further 10 more planned. These will deliver a much safer environment for cycling in London."
Think there are any companies that might like to sponsor such a project in Shreveport?