An op-ed in yesterday's Toronto Star by Albert Koehl of the Bells on Bloor cycling advocacy group makes a strong case for adding bike lanes to city streets.
[M]ore bike lanes, which require a mere 150 centimetres on the side of a road, would produce more bike riders. A 1998 Environics poll found that 70 per cent of Canadians would bike to work for distances that took less than 30 minutes if they had a dedicated bike lane. And where bike lanes have been created in Toronto, the number of cyclists increased by up to 42 per cent, presumably because of the huge untapped potential of Toronto's 950,000 adults who ride a bike.
Koehl's argument spans global warming, public health, simplicity and feasibility in defence of what he calls "a bicycle-friendly city". It's definitely worth a read.
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