Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dutch Bike Infrastructure Porn

Care of Bike Snob NYC (who provides an alternative - and hilariously sarcastic - take on North American bike culture):



It's a good video for ideas on how to improve cycling infrastructure. Just don't get too caught up in the smugness. Also, keep in mind that Holland has been working on this for decades. The "normalization" of bike culture/infrastructure didn't arise overnight.

Watch for:
- how many riders are wearing lycra, or helmets
- the types of people riding bikes...these aren't road warriors!
- the bike lockup facilities with counters for empty spots
- different separation mechanisms for different types of roads
- planning a direct-access bike path between a new suburb and the downtown core where the jobs are
- bike education as part of the school curriculum (hello, SD40!)
- the central importance of intent and planning

Finally, see if you can spot the American transpo planners on bikes (clue: check for wobblies)!

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