Pedal Pushers

Many communities are adding bicycle infrastructure projects to encourage nonmotorized forms of transport. This article discusses some of these recent projects, and the conflicts that arise when planning these facilities. Elaborate pathways can take years to build and require significant funds. In some cases, simple bike lanes can be preferable because they are quicker and easier to install and far less expensive. Planners must also decide what type of bicyclist they are targeting with their facilities: skilled, fast riders who don't mind mingling with vehicular traffic; cyclists who have a lower distance and inconvenience threshold and would select a longer path if it appears safer; or recreational bicyclists who would not be comfortable riding with vehicles. Minneapolis is highlighted as an example of a city that has made a serious commitment to accommodating bicyclists, inducing the construction of a bridge solely for the use of bicycles and pedestrians.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 6-12
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  • Accession Number: 01100269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2008 12:12PM