Ralph Bueller, in an audio interview, claims that in Denmark, Holland, and Germany, more than 25% of trips by people over 60 years of age are done on bicycles. In the U.S., less than one percent of such trips are done on bicycles.
A friend points out that in most European cities, residences, shopping, and employment centers are clustered next to each other. Most American development follows the sprawl model: housing, shopping, and work centers are separated by dozens of miles of overloaded highways. The availability of affordable cars after WW2 encouraged sprawl. Now car-clogged sprawl is strangling us.
Bicycles offer many advantages over cars where commute distances are less than ten miles. It’s time for the United States to stop sprawling and return to a cohesive community model.
Two recent presentations from Australia:
- Emlyn Keane on The dollars and sense of building for bikes
- Steven Fleming on Bikes, architecture, & city planning
- Article: A Commuter’s Guide to Bikes
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