Gear Shift: Making Space for Bikes

Bike parking in AmsterdamShould we be building specialized roadways for cyclists? Slate asks the question in the latest entry in its "Nimble Cities" series.

But the key, one could argue, is infrastructure. While the school of so-called "vehicular cycling" argues that cycles should be treated as cars and share the roads, this philosophy seems to be the result of (primarily American) cyclists adapting by necessity to their harsh surroundings rather than the sound basis of a widespread transportation shift. In the world's top cycling cities, one finds not muscular riders harried and buffeted by passing cars, but all manner of people—young, old, carrying groceries, carrying kids—riding on networks that have been designed for them.

It's an interesting read, especially considering stuff like this.