Bicycle City Link
- Interesting link that showed up in the Google stack on Bicycle Fixation:
Sounds like they're trying to fund and build a greenfields carfree-
city site. Anyone here been in touch with them? Know anything?
Sounds like they're working to put it on the ground.
Or is it just slick hype?
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- I visited the Bicycle City booth at the International Ecocities
Conference in San Francisco at the end of April (where incidentally,
I gave a presentation on carfree cities). The "let's build it" tone
of the Bicycle City website sounds a lot like the material on our
CarFree City, USA website, but with a specific focus on building a
bicycle-focused community rather than a more generally carfree
community. Unlike CarFree City, USA, however, BC clearly has a
significant source of funding. I inquired about that and learned that
the founder had just sold a business and was bankrolling the effort.
Based on my chat at the booth, I recently received an e-mail inviting
me to become an "advisor" to BC, which I might do. From what I can
tell, they are implementing a broad geographic search for prospective
sites to build their first community.
Because a "bicycle city" would also be a carfree city, I support
their efforts. I think urban design that emphasizes proximity and
optimizes pedestrian and public transportation options in addition to
cycling is a more robust strategy. But bikes are great, and I hope
Gus Yates, President
CarFree City, USA
P.O. Box 2841
Berkeley, CA 94702