World Bicycle Day is today: Ideas for making transportation cycling irresistible
Promulgated by UN General Assembly in 2018, June 3rd is World Bicycle Day.
At first I thought that it made more sense to do it in May, because in many places that is "Bicycle Month," but actually June 3rd can be the crowing achievement date "ending" Bicycle Month.
Having been busy doing other things, I am not prepared today to publish my ideal program for a community aiming to work diligently at developing a significant percentage of bicyclists as a regular part of "traffic."
By significant, I mean at least 10% overall, and more in the neighborhoods and districts that have more of the preconditions that support sustainable mobility.
One of the boards is on "Big Ideas" but they aren't "that big," imo.
More like important topics. And given all the master plans I've read, the biggest failure is to translate the ideas into action. That requires the right kind and specific types of programming.
I intend to write a big idea paper overall on how to create a system in Salt Lake for biking as transportation--while the area and state is big on recreational cycling, every day transportational cycling appears to be quite low.
One of the reasons is that while "the valley" is flat, on either side are the foothills and mountains (where the recreational cyclists go), which are daunting.
Between the elevation and its effect on me (way higher than DC) and having to climb a steep hill to get back home (there are a couple of streets with a relatively workable incline, but they are many blocks out of the way) I get wiped out. Yes, I am considering an e-bike, but I am hoping to put it off for a few more years.
So my one big idea, as part of an overall serious in depth program to promote bicycle transportation is making the light rail free going up the hill, between 600 East--the edge of Downtown--and 1400 East--the "bottom" of the University of Utah campus.
Like the Trampe Bicycle Lift, it makes the topography much less of a barrier to every day cycling ("Norway’s 450-foot-long ‘bike elevator’ is like a ski lift for cyclists," Business Insider).
Particularly good past blog entries on biking:
-- "Biking as a social change movement," 2011
-- "Open Streets DC as an event versus an agenda," 2021