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.