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  •  are there not a number of US cities (2+ / 0-)
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    that heavily encourage bike use?

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    by duhban on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:46:43 PM PDT

    •  yup, for sure (1+ / 0-)
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      Portland, SF, NYC, just to name a few. But nothing in that magnitude. As the article says...

      To grasp the enormity of London’s $1.4 billion bicycle investment, Janette Sadik-Khan, the sitting Commissioner of New York’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has a budget of roughly $2 billion at her disposal… that’s her entire transportation budget. The entire New York City cycling development budget over the past five years is in the neighborhood of $2 million, or about 0.009% of what London’s budget will be in 2015 alone. The proposal is enormous.

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      by citisven on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:55:14 PM PDT

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      •  I see thank you for the context (1+ / 0-)
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        I like what london is doing but I'm not sure it would make sense anywhere but giant cities like SF, NYC, Chicago, (not sure how big Portland is)

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        by duhban on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:57:55 PM PDT

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        •  I don't see why not (2+ / 0-)
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          While not on the same scale, medium-sized cities have much of the same problems as the big ones — too many cars, dangerous streets, CO2 emissions, etc. I find that sometimes especially in the suburbs riding my bike seems really dangerous, because drivers don't even expect cyclists in the street and you can find yourself in really dangerous streets and turns, because the whole grid was all built for cars exclusively.

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          by citisven on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 10:54:27 PM PDT

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          •  sorry I meant on the same scale (1+ / 0-)
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            frankly I'd like to see tax breaks and incentives for every city to have something like london only varying based on scale.

            I mean frankly outside of work most of my travel is within a couple miles and with a rack system I probably could do most of my shopping by bike

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            by duhban on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 04:50:51 AM PDT

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