Why cycletrack networks should be the next great American transit project

“Experts say that for cycling to truly blossom in the United States will require networks of cycletracks — bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic by vertical barriers — so that bikers of all ages can ride without fear of serious harm.

“Plopping a ‘cyclists may use full lane’ sign on a street with a 40 mph speed limit is like inviting someone to swim with sharks. Creating bike lanes, denoted with paint, is better, but still isn’t always appealing to someone who cherishes a peaceful commute. To become a truly bike-friendly country means building robust networks of cycletracks throughout U.S. cities.

“’Protected bike lanes are huge,’ said Gabe Klein a former transportation official in Chicago and Washington, D.C., who is now a special venture partner at Fontinalis Partners. ‘If somebody has a four-mile ride to work and half a mile of it feels unsafe because it’s exposed to traffic, they won’t do it.’”


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