Or just give cyclists a tax cut so we can all go buy new bikes and gear, lol.
Seriously though, your question implies the issue needs a solution, or that the technology exists for there to be an adequate solution. Growth of population and desire to own/drive a car to work and everywhere else only grows and grows as the populace grows. Trying to control the desire or dissuade others from driving sounds pretty freedom-crushing. Moreover, putting money into alternative conveyance sounds like a waste.
In the short term, I'd try and privatize parts of what is the causing congestion, buses, toll roads, etc. Technological advancement in these areas will come from the private sector, not the government.
In the long term it's a case by case scenario.
These trends are about as new as I could find and they address, men, women, children and ethnicity.
How unstoppable does this trend make Elly's contention?:rolleyes:
Hey is anyone actually read this book? I've made it to page 30 and like what I'm reading. I could probably have gleaned most of her arguments by lurking on LCF though. :)
Report from a right wing think tank:
We do it here in LA, Orange and Riverside county. They offer "fast track" toll lanes to bypass the public traffic at a cost, which covers their expenses.
Also, I think its sort of appealing to tradition or authority to say that something won't work or shouldn't be preferred because one failed attempt or that because the institutions which has largely been stagnant may right now be cheaper in again, this particular situation.
I'll try to get to common ground with this though. I think Citibike is a step in the right direction. It's almost entirely funded privately and has city oversight. I'm not sure how much "oversight" and I hope over time it is reduced and not increased to keep the bikes rolling cheaply.
I'm also a huge fan of not-for-profit or privately owned for profit bike kitchens, like here in LA.
In this environment, the most pressing issue for bicycle stores and suppliers is holding on to loyal customers for as long as possible. But that alone is not enough. The bicycle industry must also seek growth by attracting women back to the sport, and by finding ways to put Hispanic, black, and Asian families on bikes. Women are far more sensitive to safety issues than men are, and more of their daily transportation needs revolve around family activities and shopping. Most of the children in America’s largest cities and states are black, Hispanic, Asian, or from some other non-white race. For this reason, the single best way to attract women and minorities to bicycling is making urban and suburban streets safer and more cycle-friendly.
The he question was asked if we didn't see an increase in cycling in the US and the numbers indicate only white males have remained constant. Females, children
and all minority males have decresed using the same infrastructure. So it seems it is a force of will not simply build it and they will come. And it also answers the question of if we see more cyclists on the road in general. Nationally the answer is no. And according to the NBDA the percentages of adults bikes sold has still not reached the 1973 levels. So with the massive decrease in bicycle use in China and the decrease in all but one portion of the US population it looks like the "Unstoppable" is stoppable. At least statistacaly.
The 60 percent increase in cycling throughout the country since 2000 has been across the board demographically, but women and minorities have contributed more to that increase than white males.