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How To End The War On The Car: Recognize It Is A Win-Win Situation

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:08 AM
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In Toronto, the new Mayor thinks roads belong to trucks and cars , and thinks bike lanes slow them down. He calls bike lanes and streetcars a "war on the car." In fact, there is some evidence of exactly the opposite; in many cases, a person on a bike might otherwise be taking up road space in a car. In New York, the investment in bike lanes has resulted in a 13% increase in usage last year, and an 88% increase in the last three years. According to Streetsblog , "As the city continues to build out its biking network and add a bike-share system, we are certain that more New Yorkers will choose this affordable, healthy and non-polluting form of transportation." But we often hear from the car people that bikes are a hazard, that they don't pay their way and that they should be licenced, and their riders should be insured, just like people in cars. In London, Peter Walker of the Guardian explains why this would be pointless and counterproductive.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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