Successful cycling is dependent on integrating the mode into all plans for land use and transportation within the city. In order for this to happen, the bicycle must be considered a legitimate means of transport. This is the thesis of “Integration beats isolation: planning delivers dividends” a chapter in Enabling Cycling Cities, a recently published book by CIVITAS, a European Commission initiative focused on energy and transport.
The City of Calgary has 12,000 riders coming in and out of downtown every day, and soon those riders will be able to get back and forth using a network of protected bike lanes. Mobycon CEO, Johan Diepens and Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof are in Calgary this week helping to launch the the centre city cycle track network project.
In the center of Ottawa, the mode share for biking is 6 percent, compared to the Canadian average of 2 percent. New infrastructure is being built including a bike and pedestrian bridge, which will enable cyclists to cross over a busy parkway to reach shopping and other neighborhoods.
Choices must be made in structure of a city. Not every space can be for the car, and residential streets are a good place to begin downgrading the dominance of this mode. This is the advice of Mobycon CEO, Johan Diepens to the city of Melbourne, Australia. Johan visited the city in October 2012 for the Bike Futures Conference where he was a keynote speaker.
Liveable cities are bicycle-friendly cities, but the question is how exactly to make a city friendly to bicycles. Experts from Mobycon and Danish partner, Copenhagenize Design Co. are touring North America teaching a bicycle planning master class meant to inspire planners, politicians, cycling advocates and other champions of liveable communities with lessons learned in The Netherlands and Denmark.
A presentation by Johan Diepens. There is no comparing the trunk of a car with the basket of a bicycle – though a cargo bike might come close. But people on bikes are much more susceptible to the charm of fresh fruit and sunny café tables than those speeding by in a car. More frequent stops, mean those bike baskets are filled up more frequently. In other words, bikes are good for business.