2016/05 – Green Dividend

Paris has the world’s largest bike share system with 20,000 bikes and 1800 stations.

Berlin, where 7 out of 10 residents own bikes, bicycle mode share is 18%.

Barcelona‘s plans to limit automobiles to 40% of inner city roads roads is intended to reduce the 3,500 annual deaths attributed to air pollution.

London is in the midst of a 10 year, $1.4 billion build-out of its bike network. By 2019, it is expected that more than half the trips into Central London will be by bike.

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Netherlands began building up its bicycle infrastructure during the oil crisis of the 70’s.  This was also a period in which 400 children a year were being killed by cars. Today, cycling mode share nationwide is 31%, with some cities, over 50%.

European Cyclists’ Federation credits the cycling with adding $27.7 billion per year in benefits in the form of reduced noise, emissions, gas use and healthcare costs.  That’s $546 per person.

Tokyo, a city of 13 million, 90% use mass transit for their daily commute, including  a third who bike the first-and-last mile. With real estate by train stations so expensive  automated, seismic-resistant underground bicycle parking systems have been developed.

ECO Bike StorageECO underground storage system. Houses 200 bikes. Image Giken Corporation.

Xiamen just completed a 4.7 mile aerial bikeway linking six transit hubs and capable of supporting 2000 cyclists per hour.

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 8.54.30 AM.jpgXiamen’s 4.7 mile aerial bikeway. Image Xinhua News.

Portland, a city of 600,000 with a 6% bicycle mode share, estimates its bike grid saves it $2.6 billion per year.

Tilikum_Crossing_-_bicycles_4 9.42.56 PM.jpgPortland’s Tilikum Crossing opened in 2015 at a cost of $135 million. Image Tedder.

Locally

Bergen announced plans to create a county bike grid by linking its parks with bikeways.

Six cities in Hudson County have installed bike grids and adopted bike share.

New York City, where 7 out of 10 households don’t own cars, just saw its bike grid pass 1200 miles; its bike share system log 16 million trips; and overall bike use has triple in the last decade.

NYMTC and NJTPA are projected to spend $2 billion over the next 20 years to build out their respective bike grids.

Neile Weissman, 2016