Q: How might Vancouver benefit from hosting Velo-city Global 2012?
Velo-city is an excellent opportunity to showcase many of Vancouver’s world-leading green initiatives, from our extraordinary 14-mile (22-kilometer) seawall bikeway, to green buildings and neighborhoods. We also want to highlight Vancouver’s focus on being a world center for the green economy.
Q: What topics will you address in your presentation?
I plan to speak about my experience as mayor and the politics, challenges and opportunities of building cycling infrastructure in Vancouver and forward-looking cities around the world. It’s important that cities share best practices as we approach the same challenge of trying to encourage a major shift in cycling and more sustainable transportation choices.
Q: How can city officials encourage cycling?
We need to focus both on building effective infrastructure and on measures to enhance cyclists’ safety. In my first year as mayor, we doubled city funding for cycling infrastructure to improve busy bike routes and we also established three new separated bike lanes in our downtown. These new lanes made riding safer and faster, and attracted many new cyclists. We’ve also expanded our efforts to raise awareness and respect between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to ensure our roads are safer for everyone.
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Originally published in the May/ June 2012 issue of Momentum Magazine and on momentummag.com.