What does it take to create the world’s largest pop-up bike network? Four hundred and ninety-eight cans of paint, five days of application, 180 bollards, 80 volunteers, 13 bottles of Gatorade, two golf carts, and amazing partners. How do we know? We did it in Macon, Georgia last week.
The project was a first of its kind in many ways. Because of sponsorship from the Knight Foundation, the Better Block team was able to partner with 880 Cities out of Toronto and Newtown Macon to create the world’s largest bike-lane network.
The idea was to create what Gil Penalosa, founder of 880 Cities, calls a “minimum grid.” We wanted to connect the existing bike infrastructure in the city with a series of new interventions, including median cycle tracks, bike boxes, buffered bike lanes, two-way cycle tracks, and the Copenhagen Left (where you first cross the street, stop, and then wait for green or for traffic to clear, and then cross the street to complete the left turn.)
Mayor Robert Reichert in Macon was so excited for the project that he declared that the lanes would stay up for a full week. So, you’ve got six days to book your flight to Macon and roll down the world’s largest pop-up bike-lane network. If you’re not able to make it this week, check out our video above, which is almost as good as the real deal.