Bike lanes cause quite a stir
Recently I was fascinated with seeing the amount of bike lanes when visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts. It looks like an innovative program which encourages citizens to travel by bike rather than automobile. That very idea has been done on a smaller scale in Atlanta. Just like the streetcar in the downtown area, bike lanes' reception has been lukewarm to motorists, who seem to be in more of a hurry these days than every before in the city's history. So, there's no doubt the common complaint is that the lanes take away from sedans, SUVs, trucks and minivans.
Especially here in the car-loving U.S., there's no doubt that implemented bike lanes is a risk for any city leader. Just ask current Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, who was once chewed out on ABC-TV's The View by co-host Whoopi Goldberg. It would be an understatement to say that Ms. Goldberg has been nonplussed by the bike lanes in New York City.
I came across this awesome article on BBC's website about slow streets. If you have a moment, give the article a read. I like how the article touches how COVID has played a role in bike travel as well as how cities like Oakland, CA, Paris, Rom, Bogota, Colombia have changed with more cycling. Another great point in the piece is that bike lanes seem to only be created in areas where there is a decent economy or an expected economic boom. Check out the feature - it is interesting.