Comment 34792

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 14, 2009 at 16:55:41

Borelli, as far as I've seen, in most places where cycling is popular trips are under 10km (5km is probably typical). In Copenhagan, a lot of cycling was commuting from the train station to work in the core.

In Hamilton, there is significant cycle commuting between the downtown/southwest and McMaster/Westdale, and a fair amount of short trip (<5km) work/shopping/entertainment cycling in the downtown area. Outside those areas, cycling is much less prevalent.

I know many people who'd like to commute, or use their bicycle for work, but are too scared of riding on busy streets. The same applies to children who would like to ride to school, but who are not allowed to.

Once the number of cyclists reaches a certain level, it becomes "normal" (and the danger decreases). Paris is a classic example: I lived there for 4 years, and never dared get on a bike (even though I was a regular commuter cyclist before and after), but now there's bikes everywhere. Why? They built a network of cycle lanes and introduced the Velib programme to make cycling cheap and easy for newbies and visitors.

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