November 10, 2009 § Leave a Comment
Streetsblog has just posted the latest ridership numbers released by the New York City Department of Transportation and over a two year period, they’ve seen an increase of 66% in ridership! What’s changed in that time? Over the last three years, they’ve installed 200 miles worth of bicycle facilities. And what about fatality rates compared to ridership?
We’d been told that bicycle infrastructure would only wreak havoc and create exponential growth in fatalities. The safety in numbers studies have proven this to not be the case, and these latest figures only cement that point.
Built it, and they will come.
May 23, 2009 § Leave a Comment
PBS released their latest documentary on the future of US transit planning titled Blueprint America: Road to the Future. In it, they profile Denver’s sprawl and contrast it with Portland’s multi-modal planning. They go through the process of federal spending which promoted car-only modes, where the US Government would give .90 cents on the dollar to any highway project. Conversley, Portland bucked the trend in the 1970′s, and through a lot of hard work, was able to get those federal dollars transferred into streetcar and bicycle infrastructure. The results are incredible. The show includes an interview with the head of bikeportland.org and New York City’s planner Janette Sadik-Khan.