I like bike lanes-ridden on them in flagstaff az-love them. it is a college and tourist town-folks are soooo polite.
But segregated lanes-pretty expensive-
The Transportation Bike lobby must be pretty effective to have sold cash strapped cities on expensive bike infrastructure.
Not sure HOW they managed that.
The main attraction of VC to non riders-is it is cheap-all but free.
And my guess is as a percentage of total people miles traveled-bike riding-will never reach 1%-
Is it 3% in ANY city in the USA?? 2% ?
Adults don't like to ride bikes for transportation-the "IT IS DANGEROUS" is just PART of it-
Look at CHINA- dumped bikes by the 1,000,000s- as soon as ANY powered transportation option was available.
They weren't tricked by advertisers-they flat chose NOT TO RIDE.
Europe has HIGH FUEL PRICES-HIGH VEHICLE OWNERSHIP COSTS DIFFICULT PARKING
The only thing that increases transportation riding in the USA is FUEL COST and POOR ECONOMY-and crummy public transportation(cut backs in bus routes)
I think part of the problem is we aren't all seeing the cycling information in the same light. Some are more cheer leaders and other are more informational. The Cheer leaders see small increases in isolated or specific areas as great signs of the unstoppable rise of the bicycle. Informational seekers and cyclists see that Nationally we are still at about 1 percent of the national share in transportation and we have been there for about as long as many of us have been alive. But yes there are cities that have seen increases. Still if you have this almost doubling, as some have mentioned, then it should reflect nationally and it hasn't. It reminds me of a Soccer game where a team makes it down the field time after time only to have their scoring attempt repulsed.
As it was mentioned the unstoppable rise of the bike was stopped in a Nation that was the very heart of the Bicycle transportation and the cheerleaders try to avoid eye contact with that piece of information. In this regard Elly is part of the cheer leading squad. Nothing wrong with cheer leading if it is remembered the informational people can still see the score of the game and realize we have the same number of points on the board as we did in the 70s. Cheer leading works best on people that don't know the score. And we have yet to get the percentage of adults on bikes in the US as we have in the 1973-75 time period. In that regard Roody is correct, Cyclists have not been able to interest non cyclists in joining the team in more than 40 years.
Just my opinion only but I believe Elly is more like an advertising agency trying to sell a product they don't necessarily use as much as others. That doesn't make their message worthless but it doesn't impress those cyclists that have been in the trenches for as long as she has been alive. But I believe she and many cheer leaders may be dealing with a false assumption. The assumption is that the majority of people in the US want to Bicycle. That they want to use their human power to get from point A to point B. That assumption should be looked at in the light of how quickly China moved into the Automotive age. Not using that as an absolute but as an example of how people think and what they really want.
Just as an example go to any major shopping mall in the US and sit down to watch people using the escalator. There may be a stairway halfway between two escalators but I suggest 90+ percent of the people will walk past the stairway and get on the escalator. Not because the stairway isn't available and not because it isn't convenient or easy to use to go one floor up. But because people would rather not walk up a stairway when they and ride an escalator. Cycling in the US will always face the challenge of people that make excuses for why they can't ride a bike to work. And I believe even if you gave them a bike way as smooth as a pool table and a separate as a side walk within a year most of them would give up riding. They would simply find another excuse not to ride.
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Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.
I'm having trouble keeping track of what marginalizing metaphor we're using for people who are disagreeing with us. Is it religious zealots who refuse to listen, inexperienced riders who yell over other people, or inept cheerleaders at a soccer game?
Comparing the US to China is kind of apples and oranges. Not to mention the cycling modality there is still over %20. I think if you were to really make a fair comparison it should be to other developed countries, but there just aren't any that have a nationwide modality rate higher than %5 unless you count Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Slovenia, Romania, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, or Italy. Basically half of the EU. Of course the argument could be made that this is only because space requirements in those countries have so severely limited automobile usage… in the same way that every major metropolitan area in the US has hit space (and economic) limits for automobile usage and are now trying to come up with creative healthy solutions. Let's not forget that licensure rates in this country are the lowest they've been pretty much ever or that miles driven have steadily decreased or remained constant for almost a decade straight.
How long has the condition in China been going on. More or less than the the last big boom of Bicycles in the US. Lets say 1974. Here is a article from someone who has been there. http://mantlethought.org/content/death-bicycle-china
Do you view China as third world? Do you still see masses of bikes on the streets of major Chinese cities or is this what you see? https://www.google.com/search?q=Traffic+pictures+of+China+Cities&client=firefox-a&hs=IWV&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&tbm=isch&source=iu&imgil=VJLh72RSq5V7uM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fencrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcQRBqoMNYk3tS7tWG1RVn7mZrHpFJBsJei8ex5vLhAzAVB6RO Ju%253B500%253B333%253BwBjBUjwQ3C3gdM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.chinawhisper.com%25252Fchina-cities-embrace-car-free-day-with-massive-traffic-jam%25252F&sa=X&ei=XqjhUpbIDo7xoASYr4GADg&ved=0CFQQ9QEwBQ&biw=1366&bih=571#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=VJ Lh72RSq5V7uM%253A%3BwBjBUjwQ3C3gdM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.chinawhisper.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2011%252F09%252Ftraffic-jam-in-china-car-free-day-11092301.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.chinawhisper.com%252Fchina-cities-embrace-car-free-day-with-massive-traffic-jam%252F%3B500%3B333
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Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.
Not just space-
Europeans-in those densely packed cities-can't afford cars.
It probably costs 3x as much to own operate park a car in the "1st world" euro countries you mentioned-
If operating costs become that high here-bike riding will become more common-
Want more folks riding to work-pray for $8 gas.Or a depression..
Bet the more affluent a European is the fewer transportation miles he rides-
just like the chinese-just like US- USA
Adults -most adults-don't want to ride a bike to work-
that is the simple WHY of WHY so few riders-
It sucks-rain cold dangerous flats sweaty dirty theft
I have a few bones to pick with some of Elly Blue's views and past articles, but they're not entirely relelvant to the interview at the fore of this thread. The bottom line is, the bulk of Elly Blue's work is not intended for the ppl on this forum (although she does have some fans here nonetheless); hers is a mission to non-cyclists and occasional cyclists. Her goal is to convince ppl to ride for transportation more, or to ride at all! So, of course, she's going to have to be optimistic, and keep a lot of the rhetoric a bit on the simplistic side. If she went the pessimistic/convoluted route, she wouldn't win over a lot of potential new cyclists, now would she?
That being said, a big part of me agrees with #Chris L above. The big-picture part of me would like to see folks quit their cars in droves, so we can cut down on pollution, inflation, congestion, and traffic fatalities. The selfish part of me, OTOH, would prefer to see cycling stay where it's at now in my area. I still harbor paranoid fears about helmet requirements, insurance/registration, regulation of specific equipment, horrid things like segregated bike lanes, and a dearth of bike parking as more folks begin to ride. I kind of like pedaling around without insurance/registration/armor. And, I rather like that most cops are oblivious towards traffic laws as they relate to cyclists; I can run my preferred kind of lighting, gears, brakes, etc. And, there's always ample parking for my bike in most places, except for Phila now that they've removed all the parking meters. =( I've been spoiled by a world where cycle-commuting is still a fairly "fringe" activity, so I'm a bit ambivalent about seeing its popularity change drastically.
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If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.
I can see the beauty in that, but also the inconvenience. My Id would long for the days when I could lock up at the parking meter closest to my destination. You can't do that in cities where cycling has saturated the infrastructure. And, while we may be a long way from that point, ppl are already talking about registration and insurance for bikes. That may be worthwhile, once you take the big picture into account, but on a personal level, it would be terrible.
Have agenda. Will discuss.
What "ppl are already talking about registration and insurance for bikes"? Anybody important or influential, or is it just the usual electronic windbags on obscure blogs?
Is your bottom line to discourage bicycling for everyone but yourself?
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Apparently more observant than you were reading my post in this thread. I never claimed the facilities in Germany didn't exist. I even admitted to using them. I simply pointed out that if I had to ride anywhere in those German cities with a deadline, I wouldn't have got there in time on the path. Incidentally, once I abandoned the path in Seville and just used the roads, I got in and out just fine. I know what I'd be doing there if I ever had a deadline.
What people are talking about registration and insurance for bikes? Are you aware of any places within 500 miles of where you live that have recently started requiring this?
Also locking to a parking meter is a good way to get your bike stolen, and is an inconvenience to people trying to put money in the meter. Street signs are a better option, and ask for bike racks in more locations. It seems like a lot of new bike racks are going in these days.
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