The Bike Culture In Europe and The US

Cycling in North America
The number of people who travel on a regular basis in Canada and the United States has increased steadily over the past two decades. The newspaper, citing the emergence of a "cycle of renaissance US "also reports the number of people cycling to work has doubled between 2000 and 2009, representing 0.6 per cent, or about 766,000 Americans, the working population. Portland, often recognized as the greatest cycling city in America, increasing the number of bike users per year in nearly six times between 1990 and 2009, representing about 6 percent of total transport. For specific work trips, bike-use peaked at 18 percent of all trips in 2008.

Generally, cycling is more popular in the western communities especially in dense urban areas, districts and localities gentrified university / college. It is important to note that income can have an impact on why people cycle. the richest populations are most likely cycle for leisure, while the low-income population are more likely cycle for utilitarian purposes, i. get to work or school.

Denmark and the Netherlands promised land

While Americans can be proud of their culture, bike culture, cycling was ubiquitous in European communities for decades. In Denmark, 16 percent of all trips are made by bicycle and 25 percent less than 3 miles Travel. As in North America, urban areas saw more than cycling in rural areas, and an estimated 50 percent of the residents of Copenhagen cycling to work or school. Bicycle ownership is another great indicator; 90 percent of the Danish population has a bike, while only 56 percent own a car.

In Amsterdam, which has a population of 779,808, there are only 263,000 cars and 800,000 bicycles is more bicycles than inhabitants! Traffic is also high, with about 63 percent of the Danish population ride their bikes per day, representing about 48 percent of all traffic in the city (compared to only 22 percent for vehicles).

So why take a common cycle in the Atlantic? Mind bicycle frame

In North America, depending on where you live, the cycling culture can seem more like a submarine, or even against popular culture groups that differ from the general public by touting "healthy" or lifestyles " more sustainable". (Depending on your bike viewpoint, you can even call these "dear" people or other derivatives.) Cycling is common in all demographic groups, men and Dutch women, young and old, who regularly travel by bicycle throughout the year. They bike to work, school, daycare, supermarkets, events, you name it and cycling is the way to go.

Bicycle performance far tricked-out that you see in many American cities, most people in Copenhagen floor heavy cruiser bike with wide wings, large baskets at the front and / or shelves in the back. Take a cycling magazine, and you will see page after page designer gear and accessory defended by sponsored athletes equipment.

During his visit to Denmark, Hanscom also notes that instead of having ample parking for cars, spaces are dedicated to bikes batteries stationed in the hundreds. In addition, bike paths have a clear presence and are well maintained and "bike highways" linking the suburbs near the centers of large cities. investment in the infrastructure of the city is another important indicator of the popularity of travel by bike movements. In Copenhagen, for example, the vast majority of bike riders to identify the fastest way and most convenient transportation available.

There are a few years, Roger Geller published a report for the city of Portland, which assesses the enthusiasm and support for cycling in the city. Enthusiastic and confident (7 percent): This category includes cyclists who often bike, but rely on a dedicated infrastructure or a stick in the side streets. Interested but worried (60 percent): This group represents the majority of residents, who express an interest in cycling, but are discouraged by perceived barriers such as security and access to bike paths practices.

    The uptake of cycling in urban centers in North America shows that it is supported by a bicycle-friendly infrastructure. In many cities, including Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City and Memphis-less than 0.3 percent of residents cycle to work (less than half the national average). What distinguishes the other cities with higher rates, including the Chicago bike (1.2 percent), Toronto (1.7 percent), Washington (2.2 percent), Montreal (2.4 percent ), San Francisco (3.0 percent), Vancouver (3.7 percent), Minneapolis (3.9 percent) and Portland (5.5 percent) -is that they have more investment and support took the city. successful initiatives typically include:

Education programs bikes
Bike paths, boulevards and off-street trails
    Bike sharing programs
Cost-sharing programs
Parking infrastructure
Traffic integration
Well-connected cycling networks

Infrastructure or enthusiasm: What comes first?

While improving the infrastructure of the city and the growth of a vibrant culture of classic bike may seem unrelated, the two are closely connected indeed. Bike transport infrastructure by reducing barriers such as inconvenient routes and perceived threats to security. We mentioned above how the leaders of cycling communities in North America have invested heavily in infrastructure. Critical mass cycling events can be great ways to increase enthusiasm and demand showing incentive for municipal support and awareness and driver safety.

In 1983, 87 percent of nineteen had his driving license compared to 65 percent in 2008. However, the largest increase in cycling demographic group aged 40-60 years, who between 2001 and 2009 increase in the proportion of 10 percent of the bike population to 21 percent, compared to 16-24 and 25-39, which saw modest increases to 11 percent and 23 percent respectively. Young people under 16 were the only group to lose its share of the cycling population.

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