Monday, July 19, 2010

Bicycle Superhighway!

The first of several planned "bicycle superhighways" opened in London today. Story HERE.

The superhighways are intended to "encourage bike commuting and improve safety for bicyclists on the road." Just between you and me... they might as well just call 'em bike lanes. They are bike lanes, 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, painted bright blue. But "bicycle superhighway" sounds pretty impressive.

They are partly in response to the 13 cyclists killed in 2009. However, in a city of 7.5 million, that compares quite favorably with Boise - we tragically had 3 fatalities that same year. We've fared better this year, at least so far. There have been accidents and injuries, but no fatalities so far... at least not that I've heard of.

1 comment:

Clancy said...

I like the sound of it too. London also has a new Cycle Hire program that is very low cost and easy to use. Barclay's Bank must be sponsoring these two positive cycling upgrades in London as both bear the name.