10 Lessons from the World’s Great Biking Cities
Grist.org has compiled a list of the top 10 lesson that cyclist and communities should take away from the world’s great biking cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona and Copenhagen. Their top ten lessons are:
- It’s the infrastructure, stupid
- Bike share!
- It’s safer than a sofa
- Say “thank you”
- Turn streets into backyards
- Let prices tell the truth
- You don’t need “bike clothes”
- Electrify it
- Admit it: it’s emotional
- It’s a virtuous cycle
You can check out the details of these lessons on this page.
Interestingly, the first, fifth, and last lessons are centered on the need for proper infrastructure/biking environment. Duke and Durham have done a lot in recent years to improve bike infrastructure by adding new bike lanes all over town and placing sharrows on roads too narrow for a bike lane. However, I would be remise if I didn’t acknowledge that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Personally, I would like to see the abandoned railroads leading out of Duke Hospital, along West Village and near Goldenbelt converted to multi-use trails and see continuous bike lanes from Duke’s West Campus to downtown Durham and the American Tobacco Trail. Have your own idea on how to improve bike infrastructure and connectivity at Duke and around Durham? Feel free to share in the comments section. Happy Cycling!