Learning from other Cities

MinneapolisBike Boulevards
“A bicycle boulevard is a lower-volume, lower-speed street that has been optimized for bicycle traffic. The purpose of a bicycle boulevard is to provide bicyclists, especially those who are not comfortable riding on busy streets a safer and more relaxing place to ride. While many residential streets are already favorable to most bicyclists, a bicycle boulevard goes the extra step to provide safe crossings at major streets and encourage motorists to travel at slow speeds, while reducing the frequency of stop signs.”

New York City Slow Zones
“Neighborhood Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods.”

Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways
A source of inspiration: “streets with low traffic volume and speed where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority.”

San Fransisco’s Crosstown Bikeways
“More and more people are getting around the city by bike, and that’s a good thing for everyone. We need to meet that growing demand with better bikeways, safe, comfortable, continuous bikeways, fit for anyone from an 8-year-old kid to her 80-year-old neighbor.”

Vancouver Neighborhood Greenways
In their case, communities take the lead with the City providing guidance, design, and implementation help. The crux of the partnership is that the community is responsible for maintenance and as such, successful and lasting implementations usually are built on the foundation of strong communities

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