As we watch the final stages of construction of the cycle track along Woodglen Drive, it is important to note why biking facilities are so important for the White Flint sector.
Biking infrastructures allow for cycling to have positive impacts on cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Urbanful recently discussed a report completed by British Cycling that focused on all the benefits cycling has on all types of people, even non-cyclists.
First of all, cycling can have positive effects on one’s health. Cycling is just one great way to get the 30 minutes of recommended cardio exercise everyday, substantially increasing health. Furthermore with cycling, individuals can save money they would otherwise spend on healthcare if they were in poor health. Exercise can prevent health issues that one could have in the future.
In addition, with people riding bikes, less vehicles are traveling on the roads, making less car traffic and congestion. Also, with more bicycles on the road, less carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution are released by vehicles.
Biking facilities also increase the mobility of people of all socio-economic classes, which cars and public transportation can somes prevent.
Biking can help increase retail sales, when there are protected bike lanes that encourage more individuals to bike. When dedicated bike lanes are located next to retail stores, it allows individuals opportunity to frequent more stores, without having to park their car away from the stores. Kids have a sense of independence, that getting a driver’s license used to fulfill.
Finally, safe and supportive biking facilities allow for less vehicle deaths, something we hope to find in the White Flint sector.