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Bike infrastructure is one of the most high return on investments a city can make. Yet, in cities across the country, we see transportation leaders continue to opt for more roads and wider lanes instead. 

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Reclaim our Streets!

I'm working on several Cycling and Active Transportation Plans right now - how are others incorporating a Post-COVID reality into these documents?

I work for a small nonprofit, and we are subcontractors on a number of different Cycling and Active Transportation Plans that have been in the works for a while now. A lot of what I do is bring the social lens to these plans - the emphasis on creating programs and projects that support the development of a community around walking and cycling, while also encouraging infrastructure improvements.

What I'm struggling with right now is the degree to which we should be including discussions around the COVID crisis in these documents. To not do so seems disingenuous and, in my... (More)

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An Urban Planner’s Trick to Making Bike-able Cities

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-05/an-urban-planner-s-trick-to-making-bike-able-cities?fbclid=IwAR2tktpI9ypEhe0s0eabjXKCphyBtH-gfeFhVEPvt5_3SxzuZCvt4MLFC5s

Key quote: Even for cities that didn’t previously have long term plans for cycling infrastructure, “it’s fairly easy to repurpose roads for cyclists,” says Jill Warren, co-Chief Executive Officer at the European Cyclists’ Federation in Brussels. “There’s different things they can do, repurposing roads for cyclists, lowering speed limits, creating car-free streets and giving incentives to purchase or repair bikes are all great ways to encourage cycling.”

Would a "waze for cycling" be beneficial to communities?

I work for a local municipality and walk/bike around my neighborhood. Through both I have seen a lack of route condition available to people walking/biking - e.g. a route near my house floods after rain storms but I have no way of knowing until I get there. And cities also lack a good way to get trail condition information - fallen tree limbs, flooding/mud, etc. So I started brainstorming a "waze for cycling" app that could help narrow the gaps in this information sharing to make walking and biking easier. As a long-time reader and supporter of Strong Towns, I... (More)