The Seville Bicycling Story

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.