US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

BICYCLES AS SERIOUS TRANSPORTATION

 
When cities are made bicycle friendly with protected lanes, bikeshare systems, and lots of bike parking, many people will ride. Proof is all over the world, including a number of Amerian cities such as New York, DC, San Francisco, etc.

 
 
 
In the same amount of space, Copenhagen bikeways carry 7 times more people
 per hour than LA Freeways!



 

HIGHWAYS       


  VS.    

BICYCLES

  Rush Hour
 
  1 lane of pavement          

 
   Bikeway (same width as one lane)



  400 people per hour            

 
   3,000 people per hour

(at 8 miles per hour)                     

 
            (at 10 miles per hour)

Click both videos at the same time for side-by-side comparison

 
 
 
COPENHAGEN  WELCOMES  BICYCLES...


 
FIRST STEP - REMOVE THE CARS, PEDESTRIANIZE THE CENTER...

 
Everyone in Copenhagen, 75% of the population cycles year round. This includes for practical reasons, for sport, for fun, casually, everything. That is 3 out of every 4 people.

This is why so many bike in Copenhagen: There are 650,000 bikes, 48,000 bike racks and 429 kilometres of cycling path, just in the municipality (Copenhagen proper).

Cycling is so prevalent in the population that:
  • 55% of the (applicable) citizens cycle to work or school. For the record, that means there are more people cycling to work/school in JUST Copenhagen than there are people doing that in the entire USA. This one city has more bicycle commuters than a country with a population 160 times bigger.
  • 36% of all trips to work or school are taken on a bicycle. Out of all the times people in Copenhagen have gone to school or gone to work, 36% of those times, they did so on a bike.
  • 58% of school-aged children cycle to school, meaning that cycling, which is already a huge part of Copenhagen’s society, is going to continue to grow as cycling becomes a part of people’s lives from a very early age.
  • 63% of the members of Parliament cycle to their job daily.
Cycling is the ideal form of local transport and people respond when invited to ride with great facilities!

 
 
 
 
NEW STUDY:  HUGE HEALTH BENEFITS WITH BIKE COMMUTING

 
 
 
 
 
 
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