Sunday, June 01, 2008

Burrard Bridge Bike Lane myths revisited.

With the Burrard Bridge bike lanes in the news again recently and today the start of bike month, it might be a good time to review the myths about the Burrard Bridge bike lanes.

And I thought I would add another myth.....

Myth: Vancouver is too cold / rainy / hilly and we will never have the large percentage of the general population cycling like they do in some European cities.

Reality: Tronheim, Norway is one of the top cities in the world for cycling. 18% of the population uses a bike as a daily means of transportation. The city ranges in elevation from sea level to 565 metres (1850 ft). It experiences moderate snowfall from November to March. There are an average of 14 days each winter with at least 25 cm of snow cover on the ground.

Other examples of hilly cities with high cycling populations:
- hilly Aarhus, Denmark's second city (25% modal share);
- Gothenburg
- Berne, Switzerland, where 25% of the population ride each day through a Alpen landscape.

And  Kristiansand, Norway.has a 9% modal share with more rainfall than Vancouver.

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