A review of the 11 most bike-friendly cities in the world suggests the following surprising conclusion: people ride bicycles more in cities that create bicycle-friendly environments.
The differences aren't just trivial. In Amsterdam, the #1 city on the list, 40 percent of all traffic constitutes bicycles. In most North American cities, by contrast, cycling makes up just one or two percent of the traffic.
Don't get confused about which way causality flows. In Portland, Ore., the #2 city, cycling increased dramatically after the city expanded its cycling network and started providing cycling equipment and safety training for low-income commuters.
In other words, if you build a bike-friendly environent, more people will ride bikes. It's really that simple.
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