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Atlanta Bicycle Campaign

April 18, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy, Bike Group

In my job hunting, I’ve been checking out a bunch of towns online - either for the first time, or to re-familiarizing myself with some place I may have lived previously. I used to live in Atlanta (wiki) a loooong time ago.

Atlanta is a good town, and I have some very good friends there. Home to such fan favorites as The Weather Channel, ‘the ATL’ (aka ‘Hotlanta’, ‘The City Too Busy to Hate’, ‘The Black Mecca’, ‘A-town’, etc.) was responsible for introducing me to R&B (Brian McKnight, 112, Usher, Dru Hill, etc.), and I’ll be forever grateful (“It’s 6 o’clock, 6 o’clock - time for Greg Street to rock!”).

I thought, ‘I wonder if Atlanta has some kind of bike group?’

So I googled ‘atlanta bicycle coalition‘ and what do ya know — a group called Atlanta Bicycle Campaign (ABC) that looks to be very active popped up. I’m proud of you, Atlanta! <sniffle>

Almost 600 strong? Wow. That’s no small feat for a town like Atlanta, or any other car-obsessed town - which is most towns in America.

ABC has a rockin website - which I think is awesome. Even if you happen to be or have folks around you who know ‘web stuff’, it can still be difficult to get the right setup - to get the right set of tools to ‘put yourself in a position to win’ - a favorite phrase of coaches everywhere.

I immediately noticed this blog post - CNN is going to air a segment on rising gas prices and bicycling, and they wanted to talk to the local experts, so ABC obliged them:

ABC staff members and cycling instructors spent 2 hours with CNN International reporter, Ralitsa Vassileva - pictured right speaking with our Executive Director, Rebecca Serna - shooting film and recording interviews for a story about how the American public is responding to rising gas prices, in part, by turning to bicycling as an alternate form of transportation and how ABC is helping people who want to do so overcome their doubts and learn to cycle confidently on city streets.

Looks like the story will air the weekend of April 26-27. (That would be Comcast channel #206 in Atlanta.) We’ll keep you posted about the details as they are shared with us. The back story of how this all came together is interesting in and of itself.

Very cool stuff!

So make sure to drop ABC’s RSS feed into your rotation, and/or sign up for their e-newsletter.

CNN (wiki) is headquartered in Atlanta, so maybe it just makes sense for them to go out and find some locals when they need to do a ‘human/local’ story?

Atlanta has a bunch of other interesting things to see, places to go, etc. - which kinda reminds me of something I’ve been interested in - getting bicycle tours going in various cities and towns, or just getting them the attention they deserve. I understand that there are some folks who are just unable to ride a bike for various reasons, but for the great majority of people, I believe a bike tour is possible, and it will become the new best way to see a city because once people try it, they’ll love it, and they’ll do it in every town they visit. I was thinking about this the other day when I was cruising around Austin - there were so many cool little neighborhoods and landmarks that I passed by, and I wasn’t even trying - I just happened to be on a bike, so I could just cruise around and just meander, and stopping and starting again is no big deal. Lots of big cities thrive on tourism, and I see a lot of synergies between tourism, businesses, and bikes. I don’t know if there’s a ‘process’ for how to go about working on things like this - it’s probably just taking care of the obvious stuff - contact the Chamber of Commerce - let them know we exist, contact local tour operators (be they bike, walking, bus, whatever) - things like that.

I think that this exact point in time - right now - is crucial for bicycle advocacy. We can sit back and still see gains in bicycling infrastructure and funding and membership rolls and maybe even some changes in the law books to help protect us on the roads a bit better — or we can recognize the opportunity we have before us and really have a go. From the great movie Chariots of Fire, I’m reminded of the phrase, “seize this chance, rejoice in it, and let no power or persuasion deter you in your task“. This is the mindset I believe we should all have. And without conflating causes (though, I think there are important parallels), I’m reminded of the phrase ‘Now is the time‘ (at 5:15) from someone who did a lot of work himself in Atlanta, Martin Luther King.

…made some typo corrections. Man, this blog really needs an editor (as do many blogs). Sorry!

The Importance of Good Urban Design

April 16, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy, Urban Design

the_national_automobile_slum.pngI mentioned in a previous post that I would revisit ‘urban design’ as a topic — that was primarily because I saw this video from James Howard Kunstler, entitled ‘The tragedy of suburbia’.

[NSFW - Not Safe For Work: Be warned - the video delivers a few curse words.]

The image seen here is the opening slide of Kunstler’s address - the slide is titled “The National Automobile Slum” (interesting that BMW sponsors TED). Kunstler starts his talk with the following:

The immersive ugliness of our everyday environments in America is entropy made visible. We can’t overestimate the amount of despair that we are generating with places like this. And, mostly I want to persuade you that we have to do better if we’re going to continue the project of civilization in America.

Strong words. And you definitely get the sense that Kunstler is angry. I know that I am angry.

The idea is not to pick on suburbia, per se (and I’ve often lived in suburbs, including the place I lived before Austin — Palo Alto, California), but to point out what I think is a great video. I don’t agree with all the sentiments expressed therein, but I think Kunstler’s main point is correct - we need to do better.

To me, bicycling is a crucial step in the re-making of our world, but it’s not the only step. So after we get bicycle directions on Google Maps, we’re going to want to continue to take steps to make the places we live nicer places to be. The more each of us knows about the principles of good urban design, the better off all of our communities will be. We won’t have to be such watchdogs for urban design because everyone will know the basics - might be a bit of a pipe dream, but I imagine it could be done. I’d like to see a more widespread teaching of urban design principles - starting in elementary school, even - so that we reach non-cyclists and non-advocates, too. The more folks who know the basics of good urban design, the less chance we’ll get stuck with poorly-planned town centers, car-only roadways, lack of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, etc.

Majora Carter has a very good presentation, too, as does Jaime Lerner. And don’t forget to watch the presentation by the founder of Zipcar, the car-sharing service, Robin Chase (check out here new ride-sharing/carpooling startup, GoLoco, too). I’m sure there are plenty of other good bicycle/transportation/green TED Talks that I didn’t point out here, so if you know of any we missed, please let us know in the comments.

…there’s another important part of Kunstler’s presentation that I wanted to point out:

We’re gonna have to change this behavior whether we like it or not. We are entering an epochal period of change in the world, and certainly in America. The period that will be characterized by the end of the cheap oil era. It is going to change absolutely everything. Chris asked me not to go on too long about this and I won’t. Except to say, there’s not gonna be a hydrogen economy. Forget it. It’s not gonna happen. We’re gonna have to do something else, instead. We’re gonna have to downscale, rescale, and resize virtually everything we do in this country — and we can’t start soon enough to do it. We’re gonna have to live closer to where we work. We’re gonna have to live closer to each other. We’re gonna have to grow more food closer to where we live. The age of the 3,000 mile Ceasar Salad is coming to an end.

Bicycling can be a boon for all of us because it can be beneficial to so many different people and causes and end goals. For instance, if you are a greenie, you probably know all about the slow food, CSA, and community gardens movements. These movements, along with the bicycling movement (implicitly), have to do with moving things closer together - exactly as Kunstler talks about. We need to be sure, as advocates of bicycling/pedestrians/local food/etc., that we reach out to each other and work together to achieve our goals. Send some emails, make some phone calls, attend some meetings to organizations you don’t belong to, and let’s see how we can help each other.

Tonight I stopped by the monthly Austin Flyers social (thanks, y’all!) at Mandola’s Italian Market (good food!) at The Triangle (map). The Triangle (which gets its name from the shape of the roads around it) is a mixed-use development with apartments, retail stores, restaurants, and a park. Cruising by tonight (on my Fuji Roubaix), I noticed the Austin Farmers’ Market (run by the Sustainable Food Center) was in full effect - man, it looked cool. There seemed to be lots of people, local farmers and food and veggies and all that, live music, some street vendors, and kids and dogs running around everywhere - a very cool scene. This market I saw is actually the second location — this one runs on Wednesday evenings, and the main one is downtown on Saturday mornings. The Triangle is about 4 miles north of downtown.

Kunstler mentions New Urbanism - essentially, a body of knowledge concerned with retrofitting poorly-designed urban areas - which is an unfortunate necessity for too much of America. Kunstler goes on to say more about ‘localization’:

We got a lot of work to do. We’re not gonna be rescued by the hypercar. We’re not gonna be rescued by alternative fuels. No amount, or combination of alternative fuels, is going allow us to continue running what we’re running, the way we’re running it. We’re gonna have to do everything very differently. And america is not prepared. We are sleepwalking into the future. We’re not ready for what’s coming at us. So I urge you all to do what you can. Life in the mid-21st century is gonna to be all about living locally. Be prepared to be good neighbors. Be prepared to be find vocations that make you useful to your neighbors and to your fellow citizens.

I thought the ‘vocations’ part was particularly important because I feel like many of us - especially in the white collar world - have little to no vocational experience. That is, take away our computers and we’re effectively useless if you need any type of skilled labor. I can’t build a house, fix a car, plant a garden, cook, etc. I can now change a flat on my bicycle - so that’s a start, and I can and have and will continue to provide physical labor to lots of efforts that can use it, but I’m still not that useful. I want to learn a real vocation so I can do my part. There are tens of millions of people like me. I don’t fear for us - humans are enterprising - we’ll learn and do what we need to do, but I like the idea of telling folks, “Hey - learn to do something useful - there is real value in being able to do things for yourself and your community”.

The DIY (Do It Yourself) movement continues to pick up steam for a lot of the same reasons all of these other movements continue to do so. The Austin Yellow Bike Project seems to me to have a DIY-type philosophy. I think one of the things that people value about doing things themselves is that when they’re done, they actually have a piece of work, a meal, a vegetable, a building, a bike - something tangible. Even sectors of the service industry can provide some fulfillment - fixing a bicycle, for instance. I think a lot of the computer work we do is just not fulfilling - and people aren’t meant to spend all day sitting in front of a computer, getting fat. OK - enough of the ‘society’ rant. :)

I see bicycling as the primary linking mechanism between all of the movements that are going to help us get to a better world - bicycling is very much the key to making good progress in ‘downscaling, rescaling, and resizing’. And it’s just my opinion, of course. :)

…Another note - the part where Kunstler mentions that we can’t expect to be ‘rescued’ by ‘the hypercar’ or ‘alternative fuels’ - I think it’s either true or true enough. Why is that important? Well, lots of people still think that something will save us - maybe technology. John Doerr is a venture capitalist at the premiere VC firm in the Valley. His firm invested in many of the top computer companies in the world - including Google. In March 2007, Doerr gave a presentation at TED titled “Seeking salvation and profit in greentech“. So, they even have a term for technology that will save us — greentech (short for ‘green technology’). That’s fine - I wish them well - we’ll need all the help we can get - but I think we should do our best to point out to folks - VCs and others - that it may just be non-technology that ‘rescues’ us - things like bicycle lanes, community gardens, and other ‘localization’ paradigms. Doerr mentions in his talk that he thinks it’s stupid to drive a car just to go a short distance, maybe to the grocery store, but then he talks up biofuel initiatives. He states plainly that he doesn’t think people will want to sacrifice enough - change their lifestyles enough - to help stave off the worst effects of global climate change. I disagree.

And I think many of you would disagree with Mr. Doerr, too.

And I think the question - “Are people willing to sacrifice enough?” - is misleading. Is riding a bicycle a sacrifice? Not for me. Is getting healthier and having fun and enjoying being in the fresh morning air and the warm afternoon sun a sacrifice?

I feel great when I walk someplace, and I feel great when I ride somewhere. Riding my bike is usually the highlight of my day. I don’t have to convince myself that I like it - I actually do like it. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that I love it. I think we need to be proactive in knocking down false platitudes that are just taken to be truisms, when in fact they are not. Ever heard, “People love their cars”, or “People will never give up their cars”? I say, bul…..poppycock! :)

I say:

People love walking and riding and fresh air and nature and exercise and camaraderie and feeling alive. If they so much as get the smallest sense that it’d be possible to give up their cars for even one day a week, they’d jump at the chance and never look back.

Take that!

And I think it’s true. Lots of people would love to ditch their cars - they just can’t for various reasons (bicycling looks prohibitively dangerous; too far from work; etc.). As cycling/pedestrian/mass transit advocates, we need to bring the narrative of enjoyment and exercise and nature and connectedness and community to our cause. Save the polar bears and the human race? Yes - it’s true, but it’s this very abstract thing for most people. Exercise is not. Fresh air is not. Self-reliance is not. Saving money is not. These are all powerful ideas that people will readily identify with.

Whether you believe that Jevons Paradox is real or not (more), I want to argue that car culture sucks, and we can do better. If tomorrow someone managed to invent the perfect fuel - for cars, for factories, etc. - I would have mixed emotions. The world would be saved from pollution and global climate change, but this movement to create local places that would make us happy would be destroyed. To me, that would be a terrible loss.

better_off_flipping_the_switch_on_technology.jpgGoing back to DIY culture - just to make this post even longer - I just thought of a book that I read called Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology. The Google Books link gives us this:

What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated? Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in fact, all our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier and better — or whether life would be preferable without them. …

Good book. It might just be worth your attention. :)

Portland Bicycling on Democracy Now!

April 16, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy

dn_banner_small.gifDemocracy Now!, the best news program in existence, hosted a segment today on Portland and its notoriously awesome bicycle culture. If you’re not into RealVideo format, you can start watching at 48:20 of the Flash-based format (you can also just download the audio/video). If you start at 46:20 (two minutes earlier), you’ll get to hear from Queen - their ‘Bicycle Race’ song is ridiculously cool. :) (lyrics and video)

On the show, we hear from Elly Blue, bicycle activist and part-time contributor to BikePortland.org. She’s helping to organize the Towards Carfree Cities Conference in June this year, in Portland.

The other guest, Scott Bricker, is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the main bicycle advocacy organization for Oregon, Portland, and southern Washington State (near Portland). [The other Scott Bricker heads the Bike Pittsburgh organization. All you bike advocacy folks out there - check out Bike Pittsburgh's fun and innovative website - if you want to make yourself more visible and appealing to younger cyclists/would-be cyclists/advocates/volunteers, this is a great way to do it!]

We see a clip from the Streetsblog video, Portland: Celebrating America’s Most Livable City.

Elly mentions Ciclovía (wiki) - widely popularized here in America when StreetsBlog ran a short video presentation on the movement. Specifically, Elly mentioned that the Carfree Cities Conference (its first time in North America) would have Enrique ‘Gil’ Peñalosa presenting (I think Mr. Peñalosa may have a few other first/colloquial names as well). The Carfree Cities Conference is a project of the World Carfree Network.

And, as if this wasn’t enough good news for one day, have a look at a video of Chicago cycling. I’m extremely happy for Portland, because their success makes it that much easier for the rest of us to follow suit, and I’m also happy that people in cities all over the world are not content to let Amsterdam and Portland hold that ‘Best Bicycle Towns’ crown without being challenged. :)

One thing that I thought was interesting that I didn’t know before was this 1970s Portland ordinance that required any new development to make accommodations for bicycling (if anyone knows where we can get details on that, I’d be much obliged!). I believe a lot of folks - myself included up until not too long ago - think that small changes to laws don’t really have a big effect. That Portland is now at least one of the premiere bicycling towns in America is a strong testament to the effectiveness - especially long-term - of seemingly-small changes in law. Incremental progress is important. Many of us woud like a full-scale bicycle and pedestrian revolution, but small victories can be just as important.

p.s. I think the DN! ‘Get Involved‘ tab is the best example I’ve ever seen of how to let people get involved in your cause.

Signature Comments

April 15, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy

Below are comments from signatures 31,000 down to 30,000 - so this is reverse chronological order. Not everyone leaves a comment, so of these 1,000 signatures, about a quarter of folks left comments (about 270 comments):

Getting There Is ALL The Fun
hell yes!!
please show biker luv!!!!!
would be very helpful, I’d use it quite a lot
Bike There!!!
Please?
mtb tracks would be great
great idea, have been waiting for such a capability for some time.
This would be an excellent way forward and encourage more people to cycle to destinations
Would enable greater bike advertising sales
In the Netherlands there are plenty of possibilities to drive somewhere by bike, but not one serious bike travel planner!
It’s time. If not now, when? Please consider the benefits. I love Google. Be the love.
let’s encourage active and clean forms of transportation!
This would rock
persion golf
I am currently a stockholder of Google, Inc.
Ask input from experienced bikers. I have great commutes!
its about time
Yes please!
please upload Bike There!
GREAT idea!!!!
Also check out http://therightride.org/ for a GoogleMaps-based feature for the Boston, MA area.
this is a spectacular idea.
Also, add WALK THERE FEATURE!
You should also make it available in England.
Oh, oh, that would be soo fantastic. It can be scary taking car specific routes on a bicycle. Scary as in dangerous, as in potentially deadly. And I’m not being hyperbolic. I love the Google, and I will love it even MORE if you add a Bike There feature.
Let’s clean up the air!!
This is a great idea. I was thinking of creating a website to do just this, however, google already has a large database and infrastructure setup.
The bike route option would work perfectly in Charlottesville.
Google, I love you! Please do this!
Cyclists and motorists have different needs. Without recognising this, Google Maps is misleading to useless. Shorter routes are more available on a bike, and more desirable, particularly to the casual cyclist.
horray bike there
I have been hoping for something like this.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
Please do this!
Cycling is the answer: fun, challenging,community-oriented, and no almost no CO2.
this would be so great!
This would Help me plan out my commute and other rides tremendously! btw…love your products and everything else you do.
This would be great
It will be used weekly!
Please, pretty please.
Bicycles are happiness and sunshine
Go Google!! Save the planet
please, please, do it
go google!
It would go a long way towards making things safer for cyclists
please !!!
I have often wanted Google to have pedestrian directions. Great move!
This would benefit a city like austin (weird disconnects with post-war city and massive highways cutting off logically connected routes)
I would ride more if I knew how to get there!
This is a smashing idea, all for it!
yea.
as a bike-everywhere gal (I’m car-free) this would be a godsend.
This would be a incredibly useful & “clickable” resource to add
bikes rule
Great idea.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Google is already working on this. I hope they are!
Google is supposedly “green.” This would help.
I sent a similiar suggestion in last year!
Please make this feature! It would save a lot of us from getting crushed on overpasses!
A good idea!
I think it would be neat to make it an open access community project, a route wiki or something like that.
I can’t say enough nice things about everything you guys have already done, so I feel a little bad about asking for more. But, you have to admit, the bike thing would be pretty damn cool.
account for terrain, too, please
Safe Cycle Routes avoiding major Roads should be provided all over Southampton , utilising Southampton Common as much as possible as it would improve safety for all and ease conjestion on the Avenue
Go Google!
Great tool to have!
Great Idea
this would be awesome!
This would be yet another reason to use Google!
Hurray for a great idea!
Make it so!
What a great way to encourage less fuel usage AND better health habits!
Bike on!!
Great Idea!
Great Idea!
This is a FANTASTIC idea!
“Avoid Hwys” is not enough - a bike aware choice would be wonderful.
I would LOVE a bike there option!
this is a wonderful idea!
This would be a great contribution to creating a biker friendly USA.
A first-class idea.
do it suckas!
Adam love bike!
brilliant! do it
Would make your services even better!
Please do this!
yes please!
great idea
Great idea
Great idea
Go bikes
please help us cyclists!!
I was just thinking about how awesome this would be the other day.
I would love to use Google maps to find a bike route!
I am particularly interested in finding bike routes that not shared with automobiles.
This is an important way to help save the earth
We need this!
RIDE ON!!!
please consider, what a great concept/idea
Please have biking directions an option!
PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please.
Let it be so! Screw the gas company!
PLEASE!!!
i think it would really encourage people to ride more if they knew the safest way to get there!
This is a great idea that would help so many and compliment your site and it’s business.
BIKES BIKES BIKES!!!
A GREAT IDEA… 100\% !!!!!!
Yes, let’s make it as easy as possible to use human powered transportation
Go greener, be even better!! You have the power!
Bicycles: the greatest thing man has ever done.
Currently, bike paths are painfully missing from you wonderful Web Service - Please make the world safer and add these valuable transportation corridors
Great idea
This idea would be great.
Even allowing reverse travel on one-way roads would be a good first step. That’s often all you need…
pretty please
ahh go on
Also have a ‘walk there’ option - in areas with lots of one-way streets,, parks etc. ‘walk there’ wojuld give much different directions than ‘drive’.
This would also help point out city bike lane flaws!
Bike there would be the best feature ever!
This would be a really helpful feature for those of us using Google Maps from the iPhone
YES
please add a “bike there” feature to maps.
What an option it would be!
NYC future bike city of the universe!
This would be GREAT!
this would (indirectly) go a long way to promote better lifestyles and lower the environment impact of motor vehicles
not sure about the “petition language,” so please consider this respectfully submitted
This is a great idea!
Please, oh, Please!
This would be a fantastic feature!!!! Support the world!
I think this is a nifty idea, and I think that it fits with Google’s green model. I would suggest that folks look into using Google’s own feedback system to request the feature as well. They do seem to take that to heart.
Thank you for considering this addition to Google maps
This would be fantastic!
This is a great idea.
I think this is a great idea…it would be great to have it also have the most efficient route possible…i.e. balancing making extra right turns instead of left turns…
Pleeeeeease!
Bike There! Please, this city is bike dangerous!
Great Idea!
I use Google Maps quite often, a Bike There feature would be a great help!
This will mean more bike miles and fewer car miles for lots of folks. Please do this ASAP. Thanks!
There are other modes of transportation other than car.
Bike no evil !
Would love to commute on my bike
In a city like London, knowing where to find the routes ‘off the beaten track’ would be a fantastic idea. Transport for London already has an excellent set of maos that could be integrated into the gmaps database - I’m sure!
Please do it!
It’ll be nice
A common sense idea
Would be a great help esp when biking new areas / cities
Don’t be evil…
car free for five years
Bike Routes would be AWESOME!!!!
I want to bike there!
yes!
would be a cool feature
Use help from map readers the way you do now to make a bike route map great!
This would be used, appreciated and is needed.
Saving the planet, one step at a time.
yeah bird
This is a fabulous idea! Please add the “Bike There” option!
also, tell if bike paths are paved for wheelchair access
Please and Thanks!
Agree entirely with this notion. Google is perfectly suited to provide this offering and would not only fit their alterior motives of fighting climate change, but continue to provide in a way that no other web mapping site does.
I’m a big car fan. So I’m keen to clear the roads :)
like, yesterday
Yes please!
Way to go
NYC is Bike Town !
Please, we NEEED this, what an opportunity for Google!
I commute daily on my bicycle - this would be incredibly useful.
it would be sooooo useful!
What a great initative
There are a lot of bike lanes in town. This would be super-useful for finding them all in one place. Can the search also take into account gradations?
Public Tranportation doesn’t get more carbon neutral than a bike!
Do it! Do it!
Please please please!!!
please make this option available
this is not only necessary as an alternative to pollution causing vehicle traffic, but as a way to encourage exercise as part of healthy living
A combo of bike and transit, i.e. bike to here, take the L train, then bike here, would be a great feature too. That may be asking too much but Google can do anything can’t they?
This is a great idea, I’d use it all the time.
This would be awesome…there are tons of trails in Seattle commuters use and could peak interest for others to start commuting by bike!
yes! If you can put a picture of my house on google, you can add bike routes. please!
Do it!
Yeah, come on!
I use Google Maps frequently. The “Drive” route provided is often not a good option for bicycles. I do not own a car, so this would make Google Maps far more useful to me.
Please google- this would be great!
I’ve wanted this for quite some time.
I’m one of many people who would prefer to bike to my destinations, but am never certain of the quickest and safest routes. This would prove to be extremely helpful!
Would be a great feature!
I’ll help do it. I’d love to get sweaty for this!
thanks for this, great thought
I’ve wanted this for a while nice to see that others want this too.
This would be a great idea to add to Google
Please!
I have wanted this feature forever!
We need to get more people bicycling to get around.
While Jacksonville isn’t exactly the most bike friendly city, a “bike it” feature on google maps would be a huge help!
Yay for biking! This would be a great next step for google.
Seattle This would be awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comité circulation du Plateau Mont-Royal
Do it.
what a great use of your technology and gift to the planet
As a cyclist I think this would be a great feature!
Thanks, Peter! Brilliant!
do good
I use Google Maps 3 time a week minuimum.
Yes, please. I would use this service often!
great idea
Do no evil; spread love on two wheels!
would love to see transit/bike routes!
please! thank you!
It would be much easier to use my bike and ease congestion if there was an easier way to find routes.
This is too cool not to do!!!!
great idea and about time
Lead the charge!
What an excellent idea. Lower CO2 emission and ease traffic congestion. Also, a ‘slam dunk’ from a business value perspective since the maps will retain and attract.users.
This would make Google Maps even better!
This would be a very useful feature!
Thanks for your consideration
I support a bike here feature..
I totally agree with this.
soon please!
Great idea
I have wanted a route to ride to work and have not been able to come up with one. This would help me put one together
This would be great! ByCycle.org already has increased my ability to bike around town with my daughter!
Please do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I ride my bike as often as possible…and that feature would be awesome…especially when I’m in a new area!
Please!
I generally prefer Google products, so having a “Bike There” feature would definitely be useful for me.
seattle thanks for your consideration
thank you
Would LOVE a BIKE THERE feature!!!!!
This would be a very helpful feature and will encourage more people to change their life styles in an environmentally friendly fashion.
yea! bike lanes! want to see them on Google maps!
Thanks for considering this very useful biking option.
This would be a very useful feature for bike commuters and recreationalists.
Much needed service!
great idea. Ashland and Jackson County have the Bear Creek Greenway, city of Ashland has a bike path and bike lanes throughout town.
Would be great for Safe routes to school
Help encourage more biking in the USA!
do the right thing!
I would love a bicycle mapping feature. This would be an invaluable tool.
I use your website all the time for driving directions and maps. It would be wonderful to be able to do the same for my bicycling.
wonderful idea
Make “do” with current maps but they are not always accurate or useful when cycling. THANK YOU
Please show route information like: incline steepness, bike lanes, etc
Excellent idea!
Great Idea!
This is a great idea
This would be super useful to the growing number of cyclists around the world…
This is a noble effort
C’mon Google…
Include bike parking info, too!
This can be part of Google’s climate change commitment
awesome
That would be sweet!
Suggested this to them with no response so far….
i bike where ever i can and feel this would dramatically improve and vary my rides
I would definitely use this!!!
all outdoor paths, trails, etc. would be wonderful!
yeah…this is where it’s at!
please!
Seattle likes bikes!
good initiative
Whoop Microsoft’s sorry _ss!
i need this feature!
Bike path feature would bring more users to Google Maps, I’m sure.
this is something the “global warming” preachers should be pushing more of

This has been another the first daily dose of…….a whole lot of comments all together next to each other just to see what they look like. :)

[p.s. The last line, as many of you know, is a play on the words from Copenhagen Cycle Chic - they seem to only show up in the RSS feed - "Another daily dose of Copenhagen Cycle Chic."]

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Digg this!

April 06, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy

digg_logo.pngHi all,

Mitch from the PDX has set us up on Digg, so all we need to do now is Digg the story!

Getting attention on Digg could possibly expose this petition to tens of thousands of new people, so it can be a big boost. The catch is, we need to Digg our petition right now. The more people who Digg it, the better. And the sooner we and others Digg it, the better. The more the story gets dugg, the more attention it gets - the more people see it, learn about it, and can support it.

The URL to send to your friends is:

http://digg.com/tech_news/Bike_There_Option_on_Google_Maps

By Digging a story (in this case, our petition), you are saying, “Yes - I think this is important - this is something people should know about”.

So, the best thing you can do right now is to go Digg us, and after that contact your friends or your local cycling mailing list or cycling forum and let them know about the Digg story.

More on How Digg works. (Digg on wiki.)