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  •  This is a superb and important diary (4+ / 0-)
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    decafdyke, A Siegel, chapter1, moneysmith

    There would be a cost to making it work really, really well and that would be more bike lanes, bike routes, bike paths, etc. There are many roads in many cities I would not ride a bike on though obviously the more bikes there are the safer we would all be since drivers would always have to be aware of cyclists.

    At some point there would need to be really aggressive changes in raod patterns, with some streets (or one side of some streets) bikes only.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 06:40:42 AM PDT

    •  Baby steps (3+ / 0-)
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      global citizen, A Siegel, moneysmith

      Thanks.. and I agree on the need to take other steps to make cities more bike-friendly.  You're right that those will have costs, but hopefully they will be more than paid for by avoiding other costs.

      As I've mentioned elsewhere in the comments, it may be time for Energize America to start thinking about some of the issues your comment raises in more depth.  What kind of Federal policy would best encourage the measures you mention?

      My own inclination is to take baby steps.. to start with something like this diary mentions and use that to build a pro-bike constituency.. which would then allow construction of more bike-lanes, etc

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