Ban the Bicycle

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ramage created the topic: Ban the Bicycle 05 Dec 2017 17:33 #1

I hope that this article elicits a variety of comments:

Financial Post 12/05/2017 business.financialpost.com

Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling
Cycling lanes consume more space than they free up, add to pollution and drain the public purse.

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ScienceChic replied the topic: Ban the Bicycle 05 Dec 2017 18:33 #2

Do you have a link to the story ramage? If you copy and paste what's in the box at the top of the browser to here in a post, that will help a lot for us to be able to go to the story to read more!

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ramage replied the topic: Ban the Bicycle 05 Dec 2017 19:05 #3

business.financialpost.com/opinion/lawre...w-cities-made-a-huge

I hope that this will be sufficient. My computer skills are rudimentary, I apologize.
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ScienceChic replied the topic: Ban the Bicycle 05 Dec 2017 19:49 #4

No apologies necessary - you got it posted perfectly. Thank you!

That was a very eye-opening article. I've always ascribed to the motto that too much of anything is a bad thing, and I'd not considered the ramifications of swinging the pendulum too far in favor of dedicating infrastructure toward bicycle traffic before the population at large has adopted it as a more consistent mode of transportation.

What is the solution? It makes sense in congested cities to encourage more bicycle traffic (and public transportation) than individual vehicles but how to get people to adopt that so having more resources put toward bicycles doesn't unduly harm vehicle traffic before more people give up vehicles in favor of bikes. Or can that even be a feasible trend?


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FredHayek replied the topic: Ban the Bicycle 06 Dec 2017 09:06 #5

Vancouver did the same thing. The bus drivers hate it because you have the same amount of traffic on fewer lanes, and the bikes did not show up, even though Vancouver is a much more temperate city for bike riders than Denver. Mayor Hancock is doing the same thing in downtown Denver. Converting city streets to bike lanes. Taxi and Uber drivers like it, more time spent in traffic increases their fares. Solutions? Virginia might have hit on one, they had added a $40 one-way toll for a highway into DC. That should encourage biking and carpooling!


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