Outline for Project 4

There is a problem in the US. 

The bike infrastructure is inefficient and poorly maintained. For the average American, it isn’t designed for optimal everyday use, even despite additional improvements to appeal towards the public. There is also a constant demand for greater road safety for cyclists, such road barriers, or larger bike pathways. First of all, the US isn’t entirely invested in its bike culture, or public transportation; surely every city has it’s public transit to get you to point A to B but it isn’t quite as efficient as per say a car. The entire US transportation infrastructure centralizes around cars, the reason being why we have so few cyclist on the road.

In Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, they have bikes outnumbering cars. People in Denmark cycle on average 688 kilometers each year, the number of cyclists killed per billion kilometers of bicycle traveled stands at 12 relatively. In the US the average cyclist travels 47 kilometers in a year, the number of cyclists killed per billion kilometers of bicycle traveled stands around 44. Even with more cyclist in Denmark riding daily, it resulted in fewer fatal crashes.

The reason why biking is so ideal in Denmark is that the bike paths are relatively wide. It provides space to prevent collisions, side by side riding conversations, and easy flow of traffic. The pathways in Denmark range up to 8 feet or 2.5 meters. In the US that bike path is cut in half at only 4 feet or 1.2 meters. This minimal biking space basically haves you riding alongside the busy traffic.

Denmark isn’t the only place to have a strong bike infrastructure. Places such as London also known to have protected bike lane networks and cycle highways. It was recently recorded through monitoring data that cyclist is 5 times more efficient than car lanes.

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