Creating bicycle-friendly communities starts with a lot of things, especially education, as I learned during a breakout session led by Brian Austin at the Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit. Here are my key takeaways.
• 66% of business owners in San Francisco responded that bicycle lanes positively impact business. (It can benefit the local economy!)
• In 2011, only 2.1% of total roadway fatalities involved cyclists. (It’s actually pretty safe!)
• Just $3 / capita is spent on bicycle infrastructure. That’s 2% of 2% of the federal budget for transportation. (It’s grossly underfunded!)