Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive
After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive.
We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of in-towners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling.
AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points on on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes.
ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:
- July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street
- July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
- July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314
Read more about it on the ABC website.
Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada