BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION

Some of the findings of the study are the following. America is experiencing an unprecedented boom in bicycle sales and uses. Although there are advantages to bicycling, major deterrents are high accident rates, bicycle theft, exposure to automotive air pollutants, insufficient support facilities (i.e., lack of bikeways, secure parking facilities, showers at places of work), and bad weather conditions. The above problems could be greatly reduced through better support facilities, both segregated bikeways and secure parking arrangements. The Federal Government is beginning to recognize bicycles as a viable form of transportation. DOT has allowed states to fund bikeways along federally funded roads with money from the highway trust funds. Other significant Federal agency activities are also underway. Europe is currently experiencing a resurgence in bicycle use after a marked decline during the postwar years. Environmental concerns, urban congestion, and high fuel costs are contributing to the new bicycle boom. European countries--particularly Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Holland--are actively promoting bicycle transportation by establishing separate rights-of-way, bicycle traffic lights, and pedestrian malls. Cyclists in Japan and China also enjoy nice facilities for bicycle transportation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Environmental Protection Agency

    401 M Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20460
  • Authors:
    • Dougherty, N
    • Lawrence, W
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 79 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM