Imagining a City Built for Bicycles «
A lot is made, and rightfully so, of the differences between walkable cities and auto-dependent cities, but isn’t there a middle way? Truly walkable cities, like most medieval walled cities and their small town USA descendents, aren’t really cities in the modern context. They can’t accommodate the scale and diversity we now associate with a city. Auto-dependent cities handle scale and diversity just fine, but they disconnect people from the built environment and each other. But what if we built our cities for bicycles? And I don’t mean just built paths for bikes, but actually designed the entire city around bikes as the single mode of non-pedestrian transport. What would that look like? What benefits and drawbacks would this model have?