The Economist reported over the weekend that the U.S. currently is experiencing a “cycling renaissance.” The article doesn’t provide any singularly earth-shattering points, but does helpfully paint a broad picture of how cycling is changing American transportation.
Among the more interesting points it brings up is that while cycling is becoming more popular, it’s dominated by adult men. That seconds the stats cited by the mayor recently about declining childhood cycling. The article also notes that 48 percent of trips made in the U.S. are shorter than three miles, meaning cycling could make up a much bigger part of our transit scene.
However, cities will only succeed in making cycling more prominent if they invest:
The growth comes thanks to cycle-friendly policymaking and increases in government spending. In Portland, which brought in a comprehensive programme, cycling levels have increased sixfold since the early 1990s. In Chicago the motivation is to improve the quality of life, and thus encourage both businesses and families to move there.
The post also notes that there is stiff competition among cities to become highly bikeable. Though Provo isn’t mentioned Boulder, Colorado, is which suggests that smaller and mid-sized metros absolutely can lead the way in the ongoing bicycling renaissance.