Excellent article from this morning's Wall Street Journal on bicycles as a transport mode and ways to increase their usage. I thought folks might be interested.
I dont think the issue is making bikes more convenient, it is making cars less convenient.
Read the same artlice this morning, also thought this was a good article. Interesting that Boulder ranks higher than the warmer climes.
Also thought it was strange regarding the confiscation policy rather than ticketing. Confiscation costs more in storage and in tracking of each of violation. (Including the construction of a new storage facility). Prehaps there are some "agendas" that were not in the article "intentionally." The author does allude to the unusuallness of the thought process behind this.
(1) recovering/preventing stolen bikes. It seems like the confiscation policy is more of a way to screen for stolen bikes and unregistered bikes so as to prevent and recover from bicycle theft.
(2) preventing city streets from being clogged with illegally parked bikes. They quoted the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce as complaining about bike-clogged streets, and noted that a number of higher-end stores have fled the city for car-centric suburbs because of it. Obviously they want to avoid that.
Thanks for posting the link to the article, I forwarded it on to the MPO.
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I agree that making cars less convenient is one solution (Jeff). But we could do more ot provide accomodations for bikes. I am often frustrated when I can't find anywhere to park my bike in the 'burbs. I think more efforts should be made towards adopting bike parking ordinances in US towns.
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