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Old 02-11-2009, 10:13 AM   #52
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Re: Biking in Boston

One of the reasons why Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and other European cities are so much more bicycle-friendly than Boston is because their governments designed the streets to make bicycling appealing and comfortable, while at the same time making driving less convenient. Of course the historic layout of the city contributes to this, but in Copenhagen, for example, up until the 1970s much of the city's streets had been primarily car-oriented. There was a specific effort to reduce the amount of auto parking and create a better bicycling infrastructure, though shared streets, cycle tracks, bicycle-only connections, etc. These are things that any city can do. Parking in Boston is already expensive, so really the next logical step is creating more bicycle-friendly streets.
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