My last blog post suggested that our urban planning and development completely sidelines trees/green space and pedestrians. Our city of Kingston is heading in an unsustainable direction. I did not mention bicycles but as a former cyclist myself (I cycled to and from work in the UK for several years, in all weathers!) to me this is a no-brainer, although it seems far from the planners’ and policymakers’ thoughts. Bikes are cheap, have zero carbon footprint, are environmentally friendly and… healthy! But the idea of bike lanes is a non-starter, it seems. As this great blog post – full of facts and figures and links to studies – suggests, bikes are not just for cycling clubs, “poor people” or those who can’t afford a car. They simply make sense, on many levels. Think about it!
There are many reasons to include cycling infrastructure in Jamaica’s roadways. The greatest of which are that it is good for the safety of the people and the health of the environment. In 2015, Jamaica, along with many other countries, committed to working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. A few of these goals include good health and well being for all citizens, combat climate change, and make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Creating safe and sustainable infrastructure is a solution to all of these goals. Adding cycling infrastructure is not jut good for those looking to add cycling to their life or routine but also for other motorists. According to Barbara McCann, USDOT director of Safety, Energy & Environment, bicycle infrastructure “reduces the frequency of crashes. It calms traffic, which makes streets less chaotic and safer for everyone.”
From the MTW Road Safety Unit.
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