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  • Todd Tyrtle
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    • Todd Tyrtle

      I just came across this article a few minutes ago and remembered your question. In one city in Sweden they're just giving people who agree to not drive for three days a week a free bike and a "bike coach" to help them figure out how to get around the city by bike. http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/05/19/sweden-serious-about-reducing-pollution-giving-people-bike-coaches

      Barring this, I can't say enough about the value of good infrastructure in making it feel safe enough to ride in dense cities. When riding through the Northeast a couple of summers ago I saw a number of different ways of handling this (or completely avoiding putting infrastructure in) and found Montreal to be one of my favourite cities. Some places had physically separated lanes on very busy streets and the effect was noticeable. Even as the traffic zoomed by at 60-70 km/hr on one side, parents rode with their very young kids on their own bikes in the lane.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I like the idea of physical separations, personally. My biggest fear is getting side swiped!

        • Todd Tyrtle

          Same here. A little curb makes things so much more comfortable in that sense. We aren't really there yet here in Toronto but my experiences with them in other cities have made me feel like those are the way of the future.

    • Tom Maybrier

      I think children should learn to ride bikes in school - I mean, why not? Some schools have driving lessons. I know more than a few adults who would ride a bike if they knew how, but learning as an adult is daunting and comes with some societal weirdness/embarassment that prevents many people from ever pursuing it.

      • Rusty Brown

        I'd like to tell the bicycle oblivious adults of the world that its okay to look stupid when you're learning something new. You don't know how to ride one yet, and that's fine. You'll learn how it works then you'll save the world and your physical being at the same time. Bam. Try it.

      • Rusty Brown

        That's a great idea! It would be awesome to see kids learning how to bike in school, and then taking that to their community. Maybe community bike rides could also bring more into the global biking populace.