Bike on…

Bike on…

By: Tony White As you may already know, it was recently announced that bike sharing is coming to Indianapolis.  You can read about it here or here. That started me thinking…  What does it take to make a city bicycle-friendly?  How can we change the behaviors of those of us who get in our cars to drive to the neighbor’s house, nevermind our daily work commutes. A group of bicycle riders, all involved with architecture, are riding from Portland Oregon to Portland Place London.  They will be “studying how cities are coping with the increasing interest in the bicycle as a credible form of urban transport.”   The group will be supported by “fellow professionals en route to help collect and verify data from the different cities they ride through.” The group plans to ride through 12 major cities and study how they provide facilities and infrastructure for cycling.  They’ve chosen to ride through the cities to “experience cycling facilities directly.”  Along the way they will be talking to local architects, cyclists and policy makers. The group chose to start in Portland because of its reputation of being so cycle friendly. Portland was voted America’s most livable city, in large part because of that cycling reputation. The group hopes its research “will provide comparative data and successful solutions that will assist politicians and planners in instituting improved cycling conditions in cities around the world.” Besides the data they’re collecting they’re keeping a travel blog about their trip too.  Of course they’ve got interesting commentary about the cycling aspect, but as everyone is in the design field, they are also stopping along the way to visit some pretty interesting places and architecture. Besides their research, the ride is benefiting Article 25, The Architects Benevolent Society and Architecture for Humanity charities. Check out their blog, follow their progress on their route, and see their photos videos here. Gotta go, I hear my bicycle calling.

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