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This is just so cool: the Danish are taking the idea of the highway system between the burbs and the urban cores, and applying it to bicycles only:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/world/europe/in-denmark-pedaling-...

Meanwhile, us Americans rot in gridlock.

I nominate the old croton aqueduct as our first bicycle highway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croton_Aqueduct

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Comment by Kevin Newman on July 29, 2012 at 11:03am

Gregory,New York city will be,acording to a USA article dated 07-11,installing 600 bike sharing stations throughout 3 boroughs

here is the link to that article:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-07/bike-share-pro...

however,2 years ago I went for a ride in New Paltz on the Wallkill Valley RT, (I took the UCAT bus with my bike of course) and saw this

 

 

Kevin Newman

Poughkeepsie

www.adventurecycling.org

 

http://bicycle.bigk12603.com

 

Comment by Gregory Richards on July 28, 2012 at 10:23pm

Ben,

I was in Boston on Saturday and they have bikes (specially made( that you can rent. Nothing new, but you don't have to return them! They have "Stations" throughout downtown and you just park it there. I'm sure there is something on the wb about it. They also had Segway tours!

Comment by Kevin Newman on July 24, 2012 at 10:45am

I think the NY Times is making a big deal out of nothing - to paraphrase an old saying "been there... doing that"

We have had 'bicycle highways' here in the US for some time - Copenhagen just has better ad/marketing people.Here in the US
 we would just call it the whatever trail that goes through the core city center which can be used as a 'highway' for bicycles and pedestrians to
get to the core city center traffic free,and in some cases,without all the traffic lights which would make such a trail a
 'bicycle expressway'

In 1989 when I was out west in Colorado for my 'Rocky Mountain High' bicycle tour,I got to ride 2 trailways that were like
the above 'bicycle expressway'

In Denver I rode a portion of the paved 28 mile PLatte River trail.This trail is at elevation below the streets like the limited access motor vehicle expressways or parkways in NYC.IE:one not only avoids the motor vehicle traffic but also all those traffic lights as well,in the city.

TrailLink.com trail description:  http://www.traillink.com/trail/platte-river-trail.aspx

 

During the same tour I rode a portion of the 13 mile Arkansas River Trail in Pueblo.As with the trail in Denver,I was able toride motor vehicle traffic free,and traffic light free,into the core center city from the state park camp ground I was staying at.

Pueblo CO main trails page:   http://www.pueblo.us/index.aspx?nid=342

However 6 years before the above tour,in 1983,I was in Seattle WA and rode the Burke Gillman trail within the city.This trail could also be used as a 'bicycle highway' as it went through the center city core and out to the edge of the city.Seattle was also the first time I had seen bicycle racks on a transit bus.Seattle was then,and still is,a bicycle friendly city.

Seattle WA Burke Gilman trail >    

MAPS page:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/burkegilmantrailmaps.htm

HISTORY page:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/burkegilmantrailhistory.htm

And here in Dutchess we now have a 'bicycle highway' as well,the 8.3 mile southern section of the Dutchess RT,which opened last year during the Memorial Day weekend.

here is a TrailLink.com review that an extreme bicycle commuter had submited for the DRT:

"By aselsley in 4/29/2011 9:15:59 AM |

I have begun using the open parts of this trail to bike commute from Poughkeepsie to Hopewell Junction. At Diddell Road I came across the crew working on the next section of the trail. While she said they hope to have it open by May 15th, it should be definitely in service by June 1st. I cannot wait! This is going to be an awesome trail when it is done."

Take note of the above date.This would have been 1 month before the phase 3 section was oficialy open.Since it had opened in 2009,I have been incorporating a section of the DRT pahse 2 here in Poughkeepsie as part of my shoping ride to the Stop&Shop on rt. 44.


A portion of the Harlem Valley RT is a part of Adventure Cycling's interstate Atlantic Coast Route and so is being used as a 'bicycle highway' The Walkway OTH state park and Hudson Valley RT are also part of this interstate bicycle route as well.

 

Comment by Gregory Richards on July 19, 2012 at 2:26pm

Interesting. The only problem I see is that it will take commitment to achieve and you know our polictics, that is a dirty word. No one anymore wants to committ to something.

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