Originally Posted by genec
And with that statement you just implied that there IS a certain correlation between infrastructure and ridership.
I believe there is a correlation in most cases. But that's a far cry from causation. If you'd read my earlier posts you'd see that I believe that there are numbers of people that would prefer to commute by bicycle but don't because of various factors. Eliminating those objection or obstacles wold allow these people to use their bikes.
But notice that I'm referring to people who already wish to bike commute. For those who don't already wish they could bike commute, better infrastructure won't make any difference at all.
Now we can debate the size of the would but don't because....
segment, which I don't believe is that large, but in places like NYC where river crossings were major barriers, solving that led to immediate and measurable numbers.
So if you build it they will come is true, but only for those who waiting on it.