19 August 2010

It takes more than paint to increase cycling

Cities large and small across North America are looking to increase the number of bicycles on their streets. Most, including Peterborough, now have goals to increase cycling backed by measures like building new bike lanes, providing bike parking, and limiting car parking.

Cycling education is one other important measure cities will need to use to get more people pedaling. Infrastructure projects like bike lanes make it to the headlines, but it takes good public education programs to make sure they are used safely. 

Cyclists on sidewalks, pedestrians and parked cars in bike lanes, cyclists going the wrong direction in bike lanes, impatient motorists; there’s no shortage of safety concerns and oblivious road users to discourage potential cyclists and make cycling less safe. NYC blogger Chris O’Leary has posted photos of some all too common misuses of bike lanes in his city.