Increased safety is the first reason to support bike lanes. Today many people bicycle, and many endanger themselves on streets that are not accommodating. More people would like to bicycle if it were only safe.
Second, we have to adopt a much greater sense of urgency regarding climate change. Some of the key impacts to California of the earth heating up include:
- Melting the polar icecaps and other glaciers causing the sea level to rise and eventually risking many low-lying cities of going underwater
- Crop failures
- Insect infestations
- Forest fires
- Water shortages caused by warm rain not building snow pack
If we don’t quickly make serious changes in the way we transport ourselves, create electricity and more, we will find ourselves living on a planet that is very difficult and expensive. We are rapidly making our earth a place where life will be a struggle for all. A little inconvenience for those who drive will pale in comparison to life with advanced climate change. Let’s also care more about what we leave future generations.
Third, due to physical inactivity we are rapidly approaching the day when 1/3 of Americans will have Type 2 diabetes. Add to that, heart problems, aggravated asthma and other health maladies mount as we don’t incorporate exercise into our daily lives. Creating a bikeable city encourages people to leave their cars at home for a healthier, more enjoyable way to travel.