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Bicycle infrastructure on the rise

bicycle infrastructureThere’s more to bicycle infrastructure than lanes.

In many ways bicycle infrastructure is like car infrastructure. When you get where you’re going you need someplace to park.

In Honolulu they are helping cyclists out with a bike shelter at a transit center. It looks like a left-over garden shed and you have to hunt down a security guard to open it for you, but it’s a start.

In addition to parking, and also like cars, bikes sometimes are in need of repair. Bicycles being mechanically simpler many cyclist are able to fix their own bikes. To assist in this some cities have installed fixit stations. The stations have screwdrivers, wrenches, tire levers and even an air pump.

At the extreme end of bicycle-friendliness is bike part maker SRAM’s new offices. Bikes are parked at cubicles, ridden for exercise on indoor tracks, basically bike Nirvana.

Of course the core of all this is the roads and lanes that bikes use to get from one place to another. These are mostly created and assembled in bits and pieces, but Norway is looking to make it all happen at once. They are investing a billion dollars of alleged oil money to build nation-wide bicycle highways.

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