This is not about how cool Copenhagen is (we already know it's cool). This is about how it achieved the high ridership.
"So, even though the citizens has access to cheap cars, and cheap parking, they still prefer to go by bike. That right there is all the evidence you need that good bike infrastructure makes all the difference. If you protect people from cars, so that riding is as easy and natural and safe as walking, then people will choose bikes."
Princeton is re-thinking the sidewalk on Nassau Street, from storefront to curb. There is a public meeting about that this Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm, in the Municipal Building on 400 Witherspoon Street.
We are all pedestrians, and all have a stake in our public sidewalks. This is also a chance for bike riders to advocate for more infrastructure like bike racks, so we don't have to lock our bikes to saplings or parking meters.
Last Sunday some of us rode for the 'Princeton Friendship Ride'. This was an informal bike ride aimed at bringing neighbors together after the election campaign and expressing support and solidarity with all people who live and work in Princeton. Although it wasn't an official town or Princeton Bike Committee ride, Council Member-Elect Tim Quinn (pictured above in 'Anchor House' jersey) joined us as we went around the town.
We had a really great turnout of people of all ages, getting together at the Ivy Inn and riding right down Nassau Street, through Palmer Square, and on to John Street. After a quick right turn, we returned to the Ivy via Witherspoon Street, Spring Street and Park Place.
I have to be honest, I was pretty tense while we were riding on Nassau and Witherspoon Streets. It was a pretty tight squeeze for our bunch of cyclists, but everybody stayed safe. There was even some [friendly!] chanting and bell-ringing as we passed through the town.
By the end, we decided that we ought to keep going for an extra tour, so we went down Olden Lane and round by Prospect to let the students know we were around. It was a very positive ride, and I was really happy to see such a nice group come out. I wish everybody a safe 4 years and safe cycling ahead!