Passing distance laws do change driver behaviour. But new research suggests not all the changes are positive.
Governments could capitalize on the growth of telecommuting to promote more car-free lifestyles.
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The pandemic could be a boon to car use, but it would be a mistake for governments to let that happen. There’s a golden opportunity to push towards a zero-carbon transportation system.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in people cycling as an alternative to public transit.
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An increase in cyclists due to the COVID-19 pandemic means that cities need to look at what it means to develop and maintain inclusive bicycle infrastructure.
If we’re to get more people walking and cycling in our cities, then we need to make it easier for people, and we can learn from others overseas.
A cyclist uses New York’s bike-share program.
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Low-income and minority groups are often reliant on cheaper modes of transport, but many find cycling to work problematic.
Many rarely used bikes end up languishing in the shed.
Where bikes are kept is a strong pointer to the place of cycling in the owner’s life. Effective active transport policy starts with understanding what stops people using their bikes instead of cars.
In cities like Copenhagen that have good infrastructure for cycling it’s an established commuting option alongside road and rail.
A breakdown in the road or rail systems often causes commuter chaos in Australia. Some overseas cities are more resilient because they have other options – and our bicycle network could give us that.
A substantial building programme is needed to rearrange our cities to benefit all types of journeys – not just commutes.
Downtown Seattle’s busy, protected bike lanes.
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This collective fundraising technique helps defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure.
A safe, connected network of bike lanes and paths encourages cycling.
Volunteers can contribute data to maps that help cyclists choose their routes and let planners know how city cycling can be improved.
This narrow street, lined with parked cars but devoid of people, is both unwelcoming and unsafe for cyclists.
Minorities are driving the bicycling boom, but bike infrastructure investments often neglect their needs. A new study explores what riders in low-income and minority neighborhoods want.
Street in Hangzhou, China, with trees separating a cycle track from road traffic and from the sidewalk.
Many US cities are investing in bike infrastructure and shade trees. Properly located, these additions can make streets cooler, cleaner and safer for all users – even those who drive.
Cycling can be more dangerous than it looks.
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The warm summer months encourage more of us to get outside and exercise, whether by shooting hoops or riding a bike. But there’s a downside: higher risk of injury.
Citibike station in midtown Manhattan.
Dozens of US cities have launched bike-share programs in the past decade. There have been bumps – critics want wider access, and cities want bikes stored out of the way – but bike sharing is on a roll.