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 5 year, $1.1 billion build-out of its bike network.

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%.  Utrecht boasts the worlds largest bike parking station with room for 12,500 bikes.

profile.jpgUtrecht bike garage with room for 12,500 bikes.  Image Bike Dutch.

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 two million 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.


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