1: Public health
Available research tells us that safe and convenient bicycle transport would significantly improve public health.
Per dollar spent, bicycle infrastructure is more effective in reducing commute times than road or rail.
3: New development paradigm
Bike infrastructure can be decoupled from roads, instead using rail routes and waterways, thus unlocking redundant industrial land for bicycle oriented redevelopment (having parking for bikes, rather than cars).
It is better that a fraction of a city have the whole of its trips made by bike, than for a whole city to have only a fraction of trips made by bike.
5: We’re making architectural history
Just as architects of the 1920s brought on the car city of the 1950s with their avant-garde visions, architects of the 2010s can bring on tomorrow’s bike city with progressive new visions.