We’ve seen a 58 percent increase in bicycling over the past four years, and local companies are realizing that providing a welcoming environment for people who bike is yet another way to attract top talent. — San Francisco, CA: Mayor Edwin Lee kicks off the city’s Bike To Work events this spring. At the same time, Toronto mayor Rob Ford was announcing the cancellation of the city’s own popular Bike Month events, and cutting 900km of bike lanes from the city’s transportation plan.
Hold on to your hats, folks, we’re actually removing a lane for a car — in favor of a bike lane — in Los Angeles. — Los Angeles, CA: councillor Ed Reyes speaks to a news conference unveiling the city’s newest 3.5km bike lane in the city’s core. The famously congested city plans to install 320km of bike lanes on its roads every year for the next five years, encouraging more residents to leave their cars at home. In Toronto, a city with even worse congestion, Mayor Rob Ford’s bike plan calls for only 70km of exclusively off-road non-dedicated trails to be constructed in the next four years, and only if money becomes available.
“Leaders are realizing that it’s absolutely impossible to build enough roads for everyone to have a car.” — Bradley Schroeder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. The city of Hangzhou, China plans to have 175,000 bikeshares available to its 6.8 million residents by 2020. Toronto’s mayor insists that roads were built for cars, and thinks making more roads will solve congestion.