Investment in bicycle infrastructure is a modern and intelligent move. Plenty of research shows the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits of urban cycling. Studies from Denmark tell us that for every kilometer cycled, society enjoys a net profit of 23 cents, whereas for every kilometer driven by car we suffer a net loss of 16 cents. (sursa: WIRED)

În caz că sunteți curioși să aflați care-s cele mai bike-friendly orașe, iată-le mai jos, conform The Copenhagenize Index 2015 – Bicycle-friendly Cities:

  1. Copenhaga
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Utrecht
  4. Strasbourg
  5. Eindhoven
  6. Malmö
  7. Nantes
  8. Bordeaux
  9. Antwerp
  10. Seville
  11. Barcelona
  12. Berlin
  13. Ljubljana
  14. Buenos Aires
  15. Dublin
  16. Viena
  17. Paris
  18. Minneapolis
  19. Hamburg
  20. Montreal

Surpriza nu vine din partea orașului Copenhaga, si nici din partea Amsterdam-ului, in care acum 4 ani, la o populatie de 780.000 oameni, existau 600.000 de biciclete declarate. Surpriza vine din partea capitalei Argentinei, care-a intrat direct in Top 20.

In a shockingly short amount of time, Buenos Aires has succeeded in modernizing itself to include bicycles as transport. In the past three years, over 87 miles of bicycle infrastructure has been implemented—much of it protected—along with a bike-share program. Buenos Aires proves the success of Seville was not a one-off. It has showed that with the right political will and investment, a large city can transform itself for the new millennium. It’s not all about the bike. Buenos Aires is focusing on the big picture, becoming a more livable city in general. Bus rapid transit lines, traffic-calmed streets, all good for city life and all good for putting the bike back on the landscape. At the moment, Buenos Aires is the city to watch.

Getting Better: Let’s be clear. Buenos Aires is very much a work in progress. Many of the protected bike lanes are narrow, bidirectional stretches along the curb, not the best part of the asphalt. Like in many emerging bicycle cultures, photos of obstacles in the bike lanes abound on the internet. The seeds have been planted, the garden is growing, but now the city must cultivate it. The bicycle is competitive as a transport form but to go from here, the city needs to invest in high-quality infrastructure and best-practice solutions. More space for bicycle infrastructure, better facilities, and a better connected network are the next steps. (sursa: WIRED)

Deci #sepoate. Puțin câte puțin, Skirtbike cu Skirtbike. 🙂

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