Other Cities from our bike plan election issue: Highlights from bike plans from around the world

Other Cities' bike plans spread from our latest issue.

Bike plans from around the world

This spread originally appeared in dandyhorse issue 11: Sex, Religion, Politics, Bikes.

London’s planning to spend $1.7 billion over the next 10 years to build protected cycling routes. Car-loving L.A. has approved 2,700 km of new bike paths – almost triple what Toronto is considering. Clearly other cities have ambitious bike plans. Toronto could too. Here’s what we’ve learned from the bike plans of some of the world’s great cycling cities.


The bicycle is a key component of the transportation system. Bicycles are fast, efficient, small, low-profile, non-polluting and take up little space. Bicycles easily rival the car and public transit for short- and medium-haul trips.

– Montréal transportation plan


Three years ago I declared, “The car is no longer king in Boston,” and since then Bostonians have taken more than one million rides on Hubway [bike share] and nearly doubled their daily ridership to work. I’m proud of the 65 miles of bike facilities we have installed in the last three years. This Bike Network Plan will improve the quality of life for every Bostonian and help keep Boston strong by improving our health, our air quality, and reducing congestion.

– Former mayor Thomas Menino


“A bikeway is a symbol that shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as a citizen in a $30,000 car.”

– Former mayor Enrique Penalosa

New York City 

With this action plan, the City is making a bold new commitment to improve street safety in every neighborhood and in every borough – with expanded enforcement against dangerous moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians, new street designs and configurations to improve safety, broad public outreach and communications, and a sweeping legislative agenda to increase penalties for dangerous drivers.

– Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan


Cyclists have priority here. We will tackle unsafe areas on the busiest routes over the next few years. The routes will be safer and stations and busy urban areas will be more accessible. Not only will the Amsterdam cyclist benefit from this: bikes are indispensable to solving mobility issues in Amsterdam, so ultimately everyone benefits.

– Long-term bicycle plan 2012-2016

Washington, DC

Urban design can significantly influence the ability to live an active and healthy lifestyle. When people feel unsafe in their environment, they are unlikely to engage in outdoor physical activity. Neighborhood design that incorporates parks, grocery stores, sidewalks, and pedestrian and bicycle routes can improve the overall well-being of a community by making healthy lifestyle choices convenient, affordable, and accessible to all.

– Sustainability DC


“Five years ago, I could not have imagined that Vélib’ [bike share] would have such good results. My goal was to try out a different policy, to help Parisians recover their independence and freedom in transportation, and to reduce air pollution. The fact is that automobiles no longer have a place in the big cities of our times.

– Former mayor Bertrand Delanoë


How we move around a city makes a big difference to our quality of life. The air we breathe, the amount of land we need, our physical health and well-being, and the cost of travel are all impacted by our transportation choices. Green transportation includes transit, as well as active transportation like cycling and walking.

– Greenest City 2020 Action Plan


My vision is to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the United States. The Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 helps bring this vision to reality by identifying a 645-mile network of on-street bikeways that will encourage all Chicagoans to ride their bikes. Over the next few years, we will build more protected bike lanes than any other city in the country, redesign intersections to ensure they are safer for bicyclists, and improve hundreds of miles of residential streets for bicyclists, pedestrians, and the people that live on them. Once the network is complete, all Chicagoans will be within half-a-mile of a bicycle facility.

– Gabe Klein, department of transportation


Our intentions are to be as sustainable a city as possible. That means socially, environmentally and economically. The bike is great on all three of those factors. You just can’t get a better transportation return on your investment than you get with promoting bicycling.

– Mayor Sam Adams


Cycling is not a goal in itself, but rather a highly prioritized political tool for creating a more livable city.

– Bicycle strategy 2011-2025


[The planned green network] will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths. Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre. In 15 to 20 years you’ll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot.”

– Angelika Fritsch, department of urban planning


Directness is very important to someone on a bicycle, the same way it is to anyone travelling. the eventual goal for the overall network is to have the [cycle] tracks lead cyclists to within two blocks of most downtown destinations.

– Transportation engineer, Blanka Bracic

This spread originally appeared in dandyhorse issue 11: Sex, Religion, Politics, Bikes.

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