In Santa Cruz county, we’re starting to have some conversations about transit and land use. A few interesting thoughts along those lines:
City-builders across the globe understand the relative cheapness of the bike mobility option, in both cost and space. Dollar for dollar, bike lanes move people more cost effectively from a return-on-investment perspective than any other way of getting around, especially once a tipping point of cyclists is reached — and that doesn’t even factor in the well-documented public health cost savings that come from widespread biking. Global studies have shown investing in cycling infrastructure actually saves society public money per kilometer cycled! The math is enough to make any real fiscal conservative hop on a two-wheeler…
…mobility flows from smart land use choices, and the best transportation plan is a great land-use plan. [Brent Toderian: It’s Not About the Bike or the Car — It’s About Better Cities]
I think we have a chance to improve here. I hope we really take advantage of it.