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Valley Metro - Bike Equals One Less Car

Stanton eyes more spending on bike projects

Phoenix would spend $1.5 million of its state transportation funding on making the city more bicycle friendly if Mayor Greg Stanton gets his way.

Stanton is proposing that the money be used to add more bike lanes, launch a bike-share program and prepare a citywide bicycle plan.

The Arizona Republic reports that Stanton’s proposals are included in a proposed budget that is scheduled for an initial City Council vote on Tuesday.

Phoenix has not previously used money from the state Highway User Revenue Fund for bicycle projects.

Bike to Work

Biking To Work – Who Needs A Car?

Did you know that Americans collectively make 4 billion trips by bike each year, up from 1.7 billion in 2001?

While driving is still most Americans’ primary means of getting to and from work every day, cycling is gaining ground as an option in more and more cities across the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it is because it has gotten safer, is cheaper, is a form of exercise, or because it is good for the environment, the trend is growing.

We invite you to view this infographic from Bolt Insurance which illustrates this.

Here are a few facts from the graphic:

  • 4 in 10: Ride bikes for work, pleasure or exercise
  • 21%: Cycling fatalities declined between 1998 and 2008
  • Portland: No. 1 state with nearly 6% of people biking to work
  • 76%: How most people get to work – they drive alone

Biking To Work
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Infographic Credits, courtesy of Bolt Insurance:

Source: BoltInsurance.com


Bikes as an alternative means of transportation.

Cycling – The Greener Way To Travel

Traveling throughout Europe this summer, I experienced several modes of transportation: From planes to trains, to buses, bikes and more.

I was pleased to come across this bit of news from the NY Times’ In Transit blog that featured an interesting event going on in Prague — one of the amazing cities I was lucky to visit during my trip.

Critical Mass, an event drawing attention to the bike culture, is being held Sept. 25 in Prague. The event begins with a “sustainable living” street party, eco-friendly fashion shows, music and more. Then the fun begins. Participants will bike a two-hour trip across main sections of the city and Nusle Bridge. Last year, approximately 5,000 cyclists participated.

Cycling is slowly but surely becoming a part of the city’s culture. Prague City Hall even launched a committee dedicated to improving the infrastructure for the city’s cyclists. More and more cities across Europe and the globe have begun to accept bikes as a serious means of transportation for its residents, clearly a good sign for the sustainability movement.

Another city I visited, London, has also recently launched a bicycle-renting program called Barclays Cycle Hire. Barclays has docking stations located throughout the city and residents simply need to sign up online, rent a bike and go! The program isn’t free (with the exceptions of trips up to 30 minutes which are!) but short trips won’t break the bank. Similar programs are also offered in Paris; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Barcelona, Spain; and more! In the U.S., Minneapolis recently unveiled its system as well as Washington, D.C., and Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.

Hopefully we will see a similar program here in the Valley in the near future.