Community Leaders Looking Forward to PeopleForBikes 2015 Tours


| 10/21/2014 2:12:00 PM


Tags: bicycling, sustainable transportation, sustainable communities,

Woman and dog on a bike

The PeopleForBikes tours give insight into how strong bicycling systems can improve mobility, quality of life and the economy.

Imagine a major city where 35 percent of all traffic is people on bikes. Or think even bigger—an entire nation where 27 percent of all trips are pedal-powered.

This is not some Utopia dreamed up by a 24-year-old after too many handcrafted beers. These are real places located in modern societies with high levels of car ownership. Places not so different from the US named Copenhagen and the Netherlands.

Don’t believe it? Go there, and you can see for yourself. You’ll be surprised to find these are great places for everyone, no matter how they get around, because cities that work for bicyclists are more vital, prosperous, convenient and attractive places to live and work.

It’s never been easier for local leaders across the US to experience life in these world-class communities. Next summer PeopleForBikes, a Colorado-based non-profit, is organizing tours of Denmark and the Netherlands to offer public officials, planners, civic activists and business leaders practical lessons about how to help their own cities thrive. (Minimum of four participants from each community.)