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Safe cycling conditions are popular with young, talented workers

This article explains why business leaders think separated cycle paths are an important element in attracting much needed technical and entrepreneurial talent to cities. It also gels nicely with this post on the Transport Blog about liveable cities and how important they are to attracting talent.

It is interesting to see the President and CEO of an organisation like Calgary Economic Development (a non-profit organisation set up by the City of Calgary) get behind bike lanes – something that traditionally hasn’t been seen as a contributor to economic growth. Then again Canada has often appeared to be the most progressive of the English speaking countries with cities like Montreal and Vancouver being leaders in cycling infrastructure along with the NW Pacific US cities like Portland and Seattle.

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of better infrastructure and for similar reasons. Hopefully more business leaders can be convinced of the benefits of cycling.

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3 responses to “Talent and separated cycle paths

  1. I have been collecting similar links from North America. It’s hard to find a major city and mayor that doesn’t get this. Here is Rahm Emanuel for example – http://www.seattlebikeblog.com/2012/12/17/chicago-mayor-i-want-seattles-bikers-and-the-jobs-that-come-with-them/.

    Industry also knows this which is why there is huge demand for accessible, dense, urban cities-
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/tech-sectors-new-urban-aesthetic.html
    Kent

  2. Part of the problem is that NZ is a third world country with small man aspirations of being first world.

    Too many in the entrenched bureaucracy, politics, and general population see cycling as a ‘poor country’ option. Getting into the car is how they affirm their belief in first world status.

    Visualizing or even being open to the ideas of others as to how NZ can be a much better place to live is simply too threatening. Perhaps, when enough of the first world has embraced cycling, they will join in.

    1. Yes, Enrique Peñalosa said it best:

      “An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation”. I would add that a very advanced city (and well functioning city) is where everybody rides a bicycle at least some of the time.

      NZ does have a very third world attitude towards cars in that we still think they are a symbol of wealth and success. I moved back from Bucharest, Romania two years ago and it is amazing how similar attitudes to cars and public transport are there to Auckland. We are probably doing better with cycling in Auckland, but not much.

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