Many cities have embraced quickly deployed, temporary, community-driven projects to define bike lanes. According to an article in Wired, the idea is to come in, lay down some paint, and see how cyclists and motorists react. It’s call the “quick-build” method.
How about we grab some paint to outline bike lanes (less than a hundred bucks a bucket), install plastic bollards to protect cyclists (about $150 a pop), and planters (roughly $1,000 each) to separate them from traffic and join the other cities that have embraced the quick-build? People want to bike; they just want to bike safely. Portland State University found that protected bike lanes increased ridership by 20 to 170 percent.
Learn more about quick-build by reading this informative report prepared by People for Bikes.