Why NBG when we need better city cycling?

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.soc archive' started by Cycle America/N, Mar 1, 2003.

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  1. Similar to the psychology employed in the movie "Field of Dreams" where the mantra, 'if you build it
    they will come' turned a baseball field built in the middle of a corn field into a vibrant gathering
    place that attracted fun and visitors from miles around, this is what we foresee for the
    transnational network of roads we call the National Bicycle Greenway. Once we've connected the edges
    of the cities throughout America with those safe bikeable roads and paths that we here at the NBG
    foresee, people within them will pressure their local governments to build infrastructure that
    accesses the bicycle heaven calling to them from the outlying areas.

    What's more is that instead of driving their cars and bikes to these bicycle wonderlands, because
    they will not, by design, be car or parking friendly, there will be a push to replicate them closer
    to home as they become the standard by which those roads and paths of the future will all be built.

    We have an example of this here in California. And yet because the attraction was built around an
    agency of environmental depredation, the car, and not the earth friendly tool that the bicycle is,
    the Filed of Dreams that could have resulted became instead the Field of Destruction. Years ago when
    the "visionaries" in our Dept of Transportation built Hwy 5, it was initially in the middle of
    nowhere. But little by little as roads reached out to it, like tentacles in the brain, it became
    less and less remote. Soon whole cities sprung up around this freeway as well as all of the
    infrastructure that services its long distance cars and trucks and RV's, etc. And what has been the
    result? California suffers from the overcrowding and gridlock that car centered development can't
    help but engender.

    With this in mind, the question remains, do we cover even more of America with car roads in what
    remains of its outlying areas or do we exercise some vision and rebuild this nation by placing the
    bicycle at its center and work backwards from there? With a National Bicycle Greenway in place, we
    can be positioned to redesign the cities that will spring up around it with bicycle transport at its
    epicenter.

    You see, if we don't ask for our bicycle interstate network now, it just may be too late. For
    everyone......

    M A R T I N K R I E G : "Awake Again" Author Bent Since '83, Car Free Since '89, Attacking with
    Love Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death Survivor '79 & '86 TransAm Vet - Invites you to:
    http://www.BikeRoute.com/SCNBGFest N A T I O N A L B I C Y C L E G R E E N W A Y
     
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