(Nicole Freedman, Boston’s new Bike Czar)
Two years ago, Boston faced the same doldrums Dallas currently does in regards to bicycle facilities. There was little movement from city officials advocating bike infrastructure, anti-bike lane groups were shouting their misguided and biased “Bike lanes are death traps” argument, and ridership levels were the same that we see here…abysmal.
So what happened?
The city wised up, hired a former racer/bicycling advocate as bike coordinator named Nicole Freedman. In one year, Nicole was able to establish a mere 5 miles of onstreet bike lanes. What followed? Bicycling skyrocketed. Local bicycling event attendance has increased by 50% or more, a bikeshare program that rivals the one’s that exist in Europe is being setup by city officials, bike racks are being installed at local businesses, and Boston is quickly removing itself from the “Worst of…” lists for bicycling in the nation. Dallas officially took their place in 2008. Even the mayor, who admitted he hadn’t ridden a bike in 40 years, is now cycling to city hall.
The Boston Globe recently profiled the exciting changes happening in their community. Read more about it here.