While it is good to build cycleways that serve suburbs and shopping malls, those places were built as destinations for car trips. A more complete bike plan is one that also imagines a future bike-centric city. A forward thinking bike plan does more than serve the polinuclear city, a phenomenon of high speed transport machine. Neither should it be limited to serving the CBD, a phenomenon of the age of grand central stations. A forward thinking bike plan is one that anticipates the impact cycling will have on the distributions of functions in cities.
With no special need for heavy-duty paving or rail lines, cycling gives rise to nebulous nuclei defined by nearly-straight lines between points selected at random: any job and any house; any school and any sports field; any institution and any shop; your office and anyone’s office you need to be at in ten minutes, etc.. The dispersal of office space in Amsterdam evidences the diffusing effect bike transport has on the distribution of functions in cities; a case in point, Amsterdam, a city with no clearly defined CBD.
Understanding bicycle urbanism as a phenomena distinct from transit or pedestrian urbanism, gives us the clarity to develop infrastructure plans for the future. Starting with our proprietary blue mapping and green mapping exercises and in collaboration with stakeholders in our community empowerment workshops, we anticipate a future when the average trip in your city is shorter, direct and by bike.
Of course we have partners with civil expertise too, so can deliver plans that are costed and technologically sound.