FAQs Bicycle mobility

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Public or urban transport is what makes basic mobility in a community possible. It’s crucial since it affects road congestion and travel times, air pollution, and energy and oil consumption. It is also associated with the use of bicycles in communities. With that, here are some frequently asked questions about public and urban transport to those who design it.

Why is there resistance to bicycle mobility?

In the 1800s, bureaucrats and philistines did not see the need for bicycles, as these were associated with socialists, women’s rights advocates, and democrats who used them. It was once viewed as a disturbance to public order. Not only that, but they also viewed bicycles as a danger to third parties. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Right now, the use of bicycles is associated with people who are “green” world rescuers. So bicycle mobility became a good thing. Even if it finally assumed the appearance and retained it until now, in those times the price of bikes was too high for the industrial worker. Cycling bans were also held, hindering the use of bicycles by civilians.

In the 1900s, however, bicycles have become more affordable and bicycle mobility behavior drastically changed. But there is still resistance to the use of bicycles since the creation of new cycling routes for a bicycle-friendly city is deemed expensive.

Does residential density also affect resistance to bicycle mobility?

Definitely! This country has always been filled with residential and commercial places. The feasible suggestion is to add residential uses to commercial neighborhoods which may influence walkability. 

Adding commercial use to residential neighborhoods is only a theoretical possibility. That’s because nobody wants a store near their house. Imagine building a corner store in a cul-de-sac. off to the country line you go. Hence, the focus is on bringing more housing to commercial areas where walkability is possible. 

Adding residences to commercial areas is not only convenient, but also adds value to downtown!

Why invest in walkability?

There are many reasons as to why community leaders need to invest in walkability. For instance, it powers property values. 

Take a look at Denver’s walkable residential areas, for instance. These places sell at 150% premium when compared to drivable areas.

Walkability is also favored by millennials, so companies and cities that wish to attract these young people need to provide walkable urban lifestyles for them. 

And besides, car culture is burdening most Americans nowadays. The typical family in the United States alone has increased the percentage of its earnings alloted on transportation from 10% to 20%.

Investing in walkability has many benefits, even on the health and safety of community members. It helps reduce the risk of obesity in America, as well as the risk of death caused by car crashes. 

What does “green infrastructure” mean?

Green infrastructure is difficult to define, but it has two salient aspects. First, it includes a landscape dimension. This means it refers to the networking of ecologically effectual spaces in agricultural regions. Similar to an intertwined biotape system, the focus here is on the notion of interdependence.

On the other hand, the urban dimension of green infrastructure exceeds the local level of action. Here, the focal point is on the approach of climate adaptation. This is particularly true when it comes to rainwater drainage, in the realm of urban planning. 

Changing the city’s gray infrastructure while creating an expanded capacity for heavy rainfall is also one of the main goals. At the same time, it focuses on engendering a better ecological and socially efficacious public space.

Do bike lanes benefit pedestrians and car drivers too?

Yes, Even though some say that biking makes the streets more dangerous, studies say otherwise. Bike lanes weren’t just made for bikes since they were the basis for what makes a street different. They changed the temperature of the streets since bike lanes also made pedestrians much safer. 

It makes it more convenient for citizens to cross the streets because there will be less car traffic in the streets. The plans also involve islands where passersby can stand. 

In fact, there were 50% fewer injuries among street users, both car drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians because of bike lanes.

Bike lanes also helped small businesses. In fact, regarding bicycle mobility it was proven that streets with protected bicycle lanes have 50% more in sales. 

That’s because streets created for bicycles are beneficial for all varieties of active transportation. This includes walking. This is appealing to foot traffic that purchases at local businesses. Besides, traffic didn’t become worse when bike lanes were placed. In some situations, they even became better. 

Should community leaders invest in bikeshare and bicycle mobility?

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Of course.Bikeshare puts us one step closer to adapting and slowing down climate change. However, it is also important for community leaders to invest in cycling facilities, too. 

As of now, there are only 119 docking bikeshare operating in the country. However, it is recommended that every city of a certain size should have one.

There are a lot of factors to be considered before investing in bikeshare. It should be promoted as transit. In one study, 41% of bikeshare trips in Denver replaced driving trips. It makes transit systems more effective through last-mile services.

Another pressing matter is to subsidize riders with lower income. About 25% of all bikeshare programs in the country offer more affordable ridership for those who qualify. When this was introduced in Philadelphia, the number of new riders went from 27% to 44%. Wouldn’t it be great if that could be the case in every city?

Is it possible for bicycles to dominate cities in the future?

Yes, it is highly possible for bicycles to dominate cities in the future. The recent spike in bikeshares and bicycle sales are an indication to that. That is why planning measures continue to reshape the urban realm in a way that all modes of transport will benefit from it. This includes walking and biking so that they will be treated equitably and be guaranteed safe.

Change is coming!

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