Located on the west coast of Canada, 200 miles north of Seattle, Vancouver, BC, is a beautiful city with a mild climate well suited for cycling. But until recently, it lacked sufficient user-friendly cycling. Fortunately, since Vision Vancouver took over Vancouver City Council in 2008, there has been a simply amazing evolution of Vancouver cycling infrastructure. This post uses photos and videos to document key developments in this amazing evolution.
HUB Cycling, the charity behind Bike to Work Week, has launched a new video to raise awareness of their campaign to make cycling safer and more connected for everyone in Metro Vancouver. Read all about their ambitious plans, including cycle highways, and find out how you can get involved by adopting a gap!
A Conversation with Peter Walker, author of an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. Walker discusses bike helmets and high visibility clothing; the misuse of the word accident; roadside intimidation; cycling activism; older people and cycling; business objections to cycling; bike share programs; and the role played by La Monde à Bicyclette and Vélo Quebec in the transformation of Montreal.
Excerpt from an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. The way to do this is in fact already well known – only the political will is lacking. So what’s the secret? Basically, bikes must be kept separate from motor traffic on busy roads, and the separation must be physical. “A bicycle way that is not safe for an eight-year-old is not a bicycle way.”
We need safe bike routes in every city, so that many more seniors can cycle in safety. All the money spent on cycling infrastructure would be more than made up by the money saved in the healthcare system if more seniors could safely exercise every day.