Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association makes 3-year commitment to bicycling in America
June 27, 2010
The Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association (TBEA) has committed $50,000 per year for three years to the Bikes Belong Foundation. The investment will go toward Bikes Belong’s Bicycling Design Best Practices Project, which works to increase bicycle use in America by adapting and implementing state-of-the art international best practices in infrastructure and urban design to make bicycling safer, more comfortable and more appealing. The SRAM Cycling Fund has matched this $50,000 contribution for 2010.
"The TBEA believes in the vision of a more bicycle friendly world, and we are inspired by the work of the Bikes Belong Foundation and their Best Practices Project,” said Ying-Ming Yang, Chairman of TBEA. “It is logical for communities that want to provide safe and accessible bike facilities to benchmark cities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands as well as Muenster, Germany. These communities have achieved great success in getting people to utilize bicycles for transportation, and that leads to healthier, less congested city centers."
In countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, the percentage of daily trips taken by bicycle is 20 to 30 times greater than in the United States. The use of bicycles is an everyday, mainstream transportation choice for men and women of all ages. While global in scope, the Best Practices Project focuses on exporting and “translating” the cycling experience from these countries to the American context.
There are two key tactics to the Best Practices Project: 1) Organizing and leading study tours and workshops that bring key U.S. transportation professionals and policymakers together to examine, experience, and be inspired by the most advanced bicycling environments in Europe and North America; and 2) improving U.S. design manuals and professional guidance by cataloging and publicizing the best innovative bike facility designs that are already making bicycling better in some big U.S. cities.
"With the help of the TBEA and the additional support from the SRAM Cycling Foundation, we will be able to show many more individuals, legislators, engineers, and business developers the role that bicycling can and will play in our future through the Best Practices Project,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of Bikes Belong. "We're honored to have the support of the TBEA. It is another example of how the industry is coming together to get more people on bikes more often. "
James Mackay This is a meaningful development towards implementing the Best Practices Project. Currently, local agencies and traffic practitioners in the U.S. do not have the standards and guidelines for traffic control devices and bicycle facility design that their European counterparts have had for 40+ years. As a result, bicycling in the U.S. has been suppressed, resulting in extremely low modal shares in communities that might otherwise have much greater usage levels. Showing U.S. design professionals how European facilities operate - including the greater level of bicyclist compliance with laws and traffic control devices - is crucial to expand their professional vision of what role bicycling could have in resolving common U.S. problems such as petroleum dependance, traffic congestion, air pollution, sedentary lifestyles, etc.
Posted on July 09, 2010
S. L. This is a step in the right direction for once. I do expect it to take many years for the entire US to adopt some sane approaches to transportation other than huge private motor vehicles. I expect to be very old when we attain the European level of sanity.
Posted on September 19, 2010