Groupon mentioned on its blog that 126 employees rode to their Chicago office Monday.
Since the city has a goal of having 5% of trips under 5 miles by bicycle*, how do we ensure those same 126 employees ride their bike next week? Or tomorrow even!
With more of this:
A protected bike lane on Kinzie Street. These have been shown to reduce the number of crashes as well as slow down car traffic.
And some of this:
A family riding their bikes on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, New York City. This bikeway is unique because it has both directions and is protected from traffic by parked cars. Photo by Elizabeth Press.
We’ll also need some left turn bays for bicyclists:
This will help cyclists make safer left turns across intersections. As seen in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Then we’ll see this:
Happy people riding together in our neighborhoods. With lights at night, for sure.
Oh, we’ll probably need additional bike parking, like this station at Amsterdam Zuid station (think Chicago’s Union Station or New York City’s Penn Station):
Free, underground, double-decker bike parking.
*We’re probably somewhere between 0.5% and 1.5% (of trips under 5 miles by bike). No data’s actually available on this; not for the baseline year of 2006 and most likely will not be available for the goal year, 2015.