Community at Bicycle City

Bicycle City CommunityTo be a success, Bicycle City must be a wonderful community in which to live, work and play. It must have all of the same elements and benefits of other communities and more. We have included images on this page to show you the concept we are trying to convey – the images do not represent anything actual at this time.

Community Events

Imagine living in a place with interesting community events going on almost all of the time. Some of the events we hope to host in Bicycle City include:

  • Active & Healthy Retirement Convention
  • Alternative Energy Convention
  • Animal Community Convention
  • Animal Group Leaders Roundtable
  • Animal Sanctuary Leaders Roundtable
  • Art Festivals (visual and performing arts)
  • Bicycle Business Conference
  • Bicycle City Marathon
  • Children's Health and Safety Forum
  • Children’s Sports, such as Little League Baseball
  • Cycle Transportation Conference
  • Clean Technology Workshop
  • Climate Change Forum
  • Concerts
  • Cycle Safety Conference
  • Eco-Entrepreneurs Conference
  • Eco-Music Festival
  • Eco-Urban Planning Forum
  • Eco-Community Builders Convention
  • Eco-Community Construction Conference
  • An October 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and Smart Growth America revealed that nearly nine in 10 people believe new communities need to be designed so that people can walk more and that new homes and buildings should be built to be more energy efficient.

    People who live in areas of suburban sprawl tend to weigh more and have higher blood pressure than do those who live in more compact or urban neighborhoods. (Smart Growth America)

  • Eco Art Festival
  • Endangered Species Forum
  • Environmental Design Forum
  • Environmental Leaders Roundtable
  • Green Athletes Forum
  • Green Celebrity Forum
  • Green Governor’s Annual Meeting
  • Green Governing Conference
  • Green is Green Conference
  • Green Philanthropy Roundtable
  • Kayaking ‘K’onvention
  • Holistic Health Care Forum
  • Montessori Conference
  • Organic Gardening Club Meetings
  • Organic Growers Annual Meeting
  • Progressive Education Conference
  • Selling Green Conference
  • Street Artists and Musicians
  • Tour De Bicycle City Annual Bicycle Race
  • Vegetarian Chef Convention
  • Weight Loss Week

Community Goals

Imagine when the first Bicycle City is complete... what achievements might we want to have accomplished? Here are some ideas that come to mind:

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  • We plan to employ highly skilled and highly paid teachers in our schools.
  • Bicycle City places strong importance on creating a healthy lifestyle for our residents.
  • Our homes will be built to be truly green.
  • Bicycle City hopes to have a high number of homes boasting high-speed Internet access.
  • We plan to be home to a significant number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
  • Bicycle City will have measures in place to ensure the highest level of child safety.
  • Our community will have many pedestrian and cycling trails.
  • We hope to have tremendous job growth.
  • We hope to be one of the country's most diverse small towns.
  • Bicycle City plans to be the first car-free community of its kind.
  • We plan to have bountiful organic farms to encourage a high rate of organic food consumption.
  • Our hope is that Bicycle City will offer the lowest carbon output per capita of any community in the United States.
  • Bicycle City plans to have very strong animal protection laws to ensure the health and well-being of our wildlife.
  • We hope to have very high levels of community satisfaction among our residents.

To learn more about communities that are favorable for cyclists, check out our profiles on bicycle-friendly communities around the world.

In what kind of community would you like to live? What things do you like and dislike about where you live now? What ideas do you have for Bicycle City in terms of events, government, education and health care? Please complete the form in the column to the right and let us know your thoughts.

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Bicycle-Friendly Communities Worldwide

Bicycle-friendly cities are those that are most accommodating to
cyclists, whether they are recreational bicycle riders or serious bicycle
commuters. Cities are thought to be bicycle cities when they:

Encourage cycling as a reliable mode of every
day transportation

  • Show evidence of smart engineering and planning
  • Create a safe and easy environment for cycling
  • Educate the community on bicycle safety and
  • Enforce rules and regulations surrounding
    traffic and marked lanes
  • Contribute to a healthier environment by
    replacing a significant percentage of auto traffic with bicycle traffic

Bicycle cities can be found around the world. Some of the top
bicycle-friendly communities include:


Amsterdam, Netherlands – Forty percent of Amsterdam’s traffic is bicycle
traffic, which is why Amsterdam is considered the bicycle capital of the world.
In addition to safe bicycle lanes, the city is full of bicycle sheds, racks and
even a 10,000 bike garage for parking.

Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona offers 100 bike stations where registered
users can borrow bicycles at no cost. The city is also working on expanding cycling
routes and parking. They celebrate Bike Week annually in May to raise awareness
for bicycle safety and to educate people about biking.

Basel, Switzerland – Basel is full of well-marked bicycle paths that
include their own signals and many left turn lanes. The city offers commuter
lanes as well as those that extend outside of the city.

Berlin, Germany – Less than half of Berlin’s residents own cars, so cycling
is a way of life in Germany’s largest city. 2.5 million Euros were channeled to
developing more extensive and safer bike lanes throughout the city, and they’re
still working toward a goal of increasing their current 12% bicycle traffic to
15% by 2010.

Copenhagen, Denmark – More than 30% of Copenhagen’s workforce commutes by
bicycle. The city’s extensive bicycle lanes are safe and fast, and many have
their own traffic signals. Public bicycles can be used for free (with just a
refundable deposit), and the neighborhood of Christiania is car-free.

Groningen, Netherlands – 57% of travel in Groningen is via bicycle,
accommodated easily by the city as it strives to make its roads perfect for
cyclists. Groningen invests a lot of
money in its cycling initiatives, but less than they believe they would if they
were combating heavier auto traffic.

Sandnes, Norway – Part of a pilot program to reduce automobiles on the
road, Sandnes offers residents a number of bike rental programs as well as a
significant bicycling route system.

Trondheim, Norway – 18% of the population rides a bike to work or school,
and Norway is working to increase cyclists to account for at least 8% of all
traffic by 2015. The city is the inventor of the bicycle lift, which works like
a ski lift to take cyclists up hills.


Beijing, China – In China, most people can’t afford cars, so the bicycle
is the preferred method of travel. In recent years, the numbers of autos on the
road has swelled, but it is still is quite common to see the roads filled with
cyclists. Beijing accommodates them easily with plenty of bike shops for repair
and rental, bike signals and dedicated lanes.


Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne has an extensive network of city bike
lanes and paths and is in the midst of a five-year plan to improve bicycle
networks and facilities. The plan also includes education on bicycle safety.

North America

Davis, California – Davis was the first city in the US to achieve
platinum-level status from the League
of American Bicyclists’ list of bicycle-friendly cities
. Home to more bikes
than cars, 95% of Davis’ streets are accompanied by bicycle lanes. Most
children in Davis easily walk or ride their bicycles to school, since the city
does not have a public bus system.

Madison, Wisconsin – Madison hosts a number of annual events to celebrate
and promote bicycle riding, and also works to ensure bicycle lanes are provided
on every major street. The transportation department recognizes the bicycle as
a major mode of transportation and includes bike accommodations in its city
planning endeavors.

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Home to a new $5.1 million pedestrian and
bicycle bridge, Minneapolis has the second-highest number of bicycle commuters
in the US, according to the US Census.

Ottawa, Ontario – With over 170 km of bike paths and bike lanes on most
major roads, Ottawa boasts the highest number of bicycle commuters in North

Portland, Oregon – A League of American Bicyclists’ platinum bicycle
city, Portland has doubled its bicycling since the 90s. The city’s extensive
network of bicycle lanes includes clear pavement markings, bicycle signals and
regular maintenance. 60% of Portland’s police force patrols via bicycle. With
the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the nation, Portland
accommodates them with bicycle parking, showers and storage.

South America

Bogota, Columbia – In the 1990s, Bogota set out to reduce the number of
automobiles on its roadways by reducing the space allotted for cars, and
instead creating bicycle lanes, pedestrian paths, and dedicated space for mass
transit. Since then, driving has decreased by a third during rush hour times,
and today, only about 13% of Bogota’s residents even own a car. More
impressively, cycling and walking has more than doubled.

Curitiba, Brazil – Considered to be the best-planned city in Brazil,
Curitiba first started trying to decrease car traffic and increase cycling
traffic in the 1970s. The city today has more than 100 miles of dedicated
bicycle space and places a strong emphasis on smart planning and alternatives
to auto travel.

Is your city a bicycle city? Tell us what makes your city especially
bicycle friendly using our feedback form on the right side of this page.

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