What Seville Accomplished for Better Cycling: a good model for Alexandria
- Installed a 50 mile low-stress, child-friendly bicycle network in just four years
- Bicycling share of transportation mode increased from nearly 0 to 10%
- Bikes serve 70,000 trips daily, compared with their light rail line at 44,000 daily trips
- Costs were $36 million versus $906 million for light rail
- 35% of cyclists are women
- Seville is a world leader – Calgary and Edmonton copied the model by quickly building low-stress, child-friendly bicycle network in their downtowns to demonstrate the concepts and build political support
How they did it
- Began with poll in which 90% of respondents said cycling infrastructure was good for the city, demonstrating strong political support for cycling to elected officials
- Delivered entire network within single four-year election cycle
- “It starts working, and the people see that it works, and then they support it” although tweaks were made after completion
- Everyone was invited to take part in the design
Relevance for Alexandria
- Cycling in this region has been increasing for the past 20 years
- Infrastructure has been struggling to catch up.
- The Seville story says the reverse model works – we should build a complete cycling network quickly
- Cycling infrastructure costs are lower by an order of magnitude compared to mass transit or highways
- Many Alexandrians say they would bike if they felt safe – separated cycling lanes provide that important sense of safety.
Watch the Video.
How Seville Got Its Bicycle Network from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.