FROM THE GRIST.COM SITE -
This is the second column in a series focusing on the economics of bicycling. Part 1 was "How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)."
Here's one way to fund bicycle infrastructure: Stop building freeways in cities.
Better yet, tear down the ones we already have.
Cities are starting to catch on that becoming bicycle friendly is one of the best investments they can make.
Cities are also starting to realize that removing freeways makes more economic sense than maintaining or expanding them. In the last year, with the help of federal and state funding, cities like Baltimore and New Haven have been demolishingthe "highways to nowhere" that have divided their neighborhoods, drained their populations, and damaged their economies and their children's health since the 1970s.