The introduction of downtown bike lanes in Vancouver, Canada has been controversial. In contrast to the concerns about potential business losses and increased traffic congestion, investment into bike infrastructure has demonstrated economic benefits. A recent study from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies found that bicycling contributes $1.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy every year through bike-related jobs, tourism, reduced health care costs, and a better quality of life.
Vancouver’s Hornby and Dunsmuir bike lanes serve several important functions that will have tangible and intangible benefits.
- Downtown commuting is now a viable option for more than the most stylish bike courier.
- The seawall is …