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Why Is the US So Far Behind in Using Bicycles for Transportation?
Did you know that pollsters can generally get about any answer they set out to get by how they design the poll. What are the questions? How are they asked. In what order? Who are the ones polled? I’m not saying that a recent poll produced by Copenhagenize Design Co. is biased, and it certainly adds useful information to the question of cycling friendly places throughout the world. However, there is at least a chance that their criteria may have been at least somewhat responsible for 3 of the top 20 being in Holland. Moreover, almost all of the 20 were in Europe (3 Japan, one in South America), with the lone North American entry being Montreal.
The study took a look at 150 cities in all. Thus far the pollsters don’t seem to have released information on 21-150. It may be that well known cycling Meccas in the US such as Portland and Davis may have come in 21 and 22. Possibly the folks at Copenhagenize Design Co. will provide more data later.
Their criteria for selection included:
- bicycle culture
- cycling facilities
- bike share program
- gender split
- modal share
share increase since 2006
- perception of safety
- urban planning
- traffic calming