Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Margaret from California sent me this video of her commute. I think it's telling that while she's on the roads there are no other cyclists, but as soon as she's on the pleasant path on the beach there are other cyclists. After the end of the pleasant path, there are again almost no cyclists in the video.
It's a good illustration of the ability of good quality cycling infrastructure to encourage cycling. It comes down to subjective safety. If people feel that cycling is safe, they will do it.
Margaret has a second video of another commuting route. Almost all roads, and few other cyclists:
I discussed something similar in the context of the UK last year: If you build it, they will come.
Recreational cycle paths are very nice, but really good cycle facilities which provide convenience and safety lead directly to a higher cycling rate.
The pleasant bike path in the first video is "The Strand" bicycle path.