The National Association of City Transportation Officials defines a cycle track as an exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. Wide use of these in America has been slow to come due to the perception of bicycles as recreation and not a form of transportation and fear of transforming auto lanes into dedicated bike facilities. The Better Block approach of temporarily prototyping cycle track designs is removing the fear of change and allowing communities to quantify the placemaking potential of changes to streets.
Sanctioning these demonstrations with city officials is now becoming easier because of past efforts to measure and document the positive outcomes.
What is the value of cycle tracks unless there is a place to bike or walk to? Placemaking and pop-up shops show the value of transforming a block. The Better Block quantifies the economic impact of improved bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Cycle tracks are more than just getting people from A to B. They create a level of safety that everyone can appreciate. You really got to try one to fully appreciate it! Want to test cycle tracks in your city?We can give you tips on how to create a successful project, email firstname.lastname@example.org