Suburban Assault

“We’ll Have To Work Harder To Grow Bicycling Outside Of Cities”

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I first saw this link over at EcoVelo, and figured it would be relevant to post over here.

According to this article by People For Bikes, even though there has been positive growth of urban bicycling, it’s much more difficult to bike for transportation in the suburbs (and rural areas). I think most of us who live in the ‘burbs could agree that there are fewer opportunities for short trips compared to our urban neighbors. But even with car-friendly suburban sprawl – making destinations farther apart and less attractive by bike – it’s not impossible. We just need to work harder.

I also found a some of the statistics very interesting.” 50% live in a metropolitan area but outside of the central city (a.k.a. the suburbs.).”  I witness this every time I commute.

And, “according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics,… suburban (77%) residents are more likely than urban residents (55%) to say bike lanes are important to them.”  You’ve got to wonder why such a difference. Is it a confidence/experience thing or is it environment?

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Written by dickdavid

September 4, 2011 at 5:45 am

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