Over the last century or so, the world and its cities have spent trilions of dollars on automotive related highways. The interstate highway system in the US or the autobahns in Germany are example of engineering greatness – creating efficient and very convenient (for cars and trucks) roadway system.
Now we have examples of significant investment going into biking infrastructure in big metro areas.
- Paris: investing approximately $164M to build a 28-30 mile highway for bicycles;
- Atlanta: pledging to invest $1B over the next 25 years into biking and walking infrastructure in order to make the city more liveable
The Paris plan is being described in the article by CityLab and per that article hopefully it will get completed. From personal experience – Paris desperately needs the bicycles as the congestion in the city is pretty bad. I remember spending hours stuck in traffic trying to leave the city on the way to near by towns and then come back in the evening…
Atlanta is no different — yes, it needs the plan and its results…Here is more on it