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Create bike lanes and routes (Netherlands style)

Create Bike lanes (Netherlands style) that connect Downtown to Ditto Landing, and Downtown to Madison. Allow a bike riding family the pleasure of riding the entire city by bike using protected bike lanes. Extend the existing linear parks. Put a Rail-Trail in next to Memorial Park Highway. Do more for Huntsville families that ride bikes.

Submitted by dave.j.cousins 1 year ago

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  1. Bicycle lanes are proven to boost the economy along the routes and small businesses in general.

    The cost of creating bicycle lanes is in the thousands per mile versus roads which can be millions-billions per mile.

    Two examples of how bicycle lanes boost the economy:

    http://www.americabikes.org/nyc_study_finds_protected_bicycle_lanes_boost_local_business

    http://thisbigcity.net/how-bike-lanes-can-boost-the-economy/

    1 year ago
  2. Only cars should be in the streets.

    1 year ago
    1. Which is exactly why we should create bike lanes right?

      1 year ago
    2. No, cities should be designed for people not cars.

      1 year ago
  3. dave.j.cousins Idea Submitter

    It's funny that we claim to be the richest nation on earth, but we can't provide avenues and travel lanes for bicycles and pedestrians. My life has change for the better after I started riding my bicycle. On weekends, I make every effort to avoid driving my car and I'm successful most of the time. Life is so much more pleasant from the view on a bicycle. More bike lanes and bike paths will make me happier, and many auto drivers will be happier too. But until we more bicycle routes, I'll have to share the road with autos.

    1 year ago
    1. We need more people like you.

      1 year ago
  4. Bikes improve life for everyone who use them. Bikes lanes would lower the cost of health care in the long run as well.

    1 year ago
  5. dave.j.cousins Idea Submitter

    This story is inspiring.

    The video author has many other unique perspectives about bike riding and excellent effects it has in his country, the Netherlands.

    1 year ago
  6. dave.j.cousins Idea Submitter

    Bike lanes are happening all around us. Why isn't Huntsville mentioned in this Street film about bike tourism? http://www.streetfilms.org/streetfacts-1-bike-lanes-not-just-for-big-cities/ It should be. It can be if we want it enough.

    1 year ago
    1. dave.j.cousins Idea Submitter

      Since we are discussing Dutch cycling. Here's a look at how the Dutch Roadway designers integrate cycling into their traffic intersections. It's very clever. Should be required learning for the US roadway designers.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FlApbxLz6pA

      1 year ago
  7. dave.j.cousins Idea Submitter

    In Florida, the legislature has set aside $50 million to develop a 275 mile cross state bike trail. Alabama cities need to come together as well. Keep our young people engaged and happy in Alabama. http://community.railstotrails.org/blogs/trailblog/archive/2013/04/22/florida-s-50-million-a-savvy-investment-in-the-state.aspx

    1 year ago

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