Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets.
And today’s urban biking movement won’t get far without engineers, either.
As the country’s civil engineers converge for their profession’s annual pilgrimage to the Transportation Research Board conference, people of every discipline who are using protected bike lanes and other tools to make biking mainstream might take a moment to consider the potential of a group that too many modern bike advocates cast as villains: engineers.
For Linda Bailey, executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, there’s no better monument to this potential than the country’s Interstate Highway System.
“They made these facilities where people — amateurs! — drive 80 miles an hour within inches of each other,” Bailey said. “And very rarely does anything go bad.”