The Challenges Of Building Out A Cycling Network

As the feature article indicates, a cycling network is maximally useful when it connects all neighbourhoods and destinations.  Until a network is contiguous and fully-connected, there are gaps that limit usefulness and ridership.  This is a reality for planners – figuring out how to stage the project segments to fit within multi-year funding streams, align with planned road renewal projects, and ensure each additional segment is useful in itself.  While a network is incomplete, those wanting to cycle more are thwarted by network gaps, rider uptake is constrained, and anti-laners will observe, “hardly anyone using it!”  Deciding which destinations and routes will come on-grid in what sequence will never be easy, and there will always be conflicting priorities.  Read more.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.