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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Here's What Americans Don't Get About Cycling — And Why It's A Problem [businessinsider.com]


biking bike on brooklyn bridge nyc
A cyclist on New York's Brooklyn Bridge.

The 2013 Copenhagenize Index of the world's most bike-friendly cities is out, and not a single American metropolis made the top 20.
That's a problem — and not just a health-related one, said Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize, the consulting and communications company that published the Index.
By failing to embrace cycling culture, American cities are losing out on significant financial benefits, Colville-Andersen told Business Insider. Studies show that every kilometer cycled in Denmark earns the country €.23 (partly because cyclists have been shown to spend more money in local stores), he said.
And even with significant taxation of automobiles, every kilometer driven in Denmark costs the country €.16.
The problem in the U.S. is all about perception, said Colville-Andersen. Many commuters see cycling as a form of exercise, not convenient transport, and cities are still being built around automobiles.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-americans-dont-get-about-cycling-2013-4#ixzz2Ru1D1EbX

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