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Want bike-friendly cities? Ask European visitors for ideas

By dcuff
Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm in Misc. Transportation.

Ever wonder what Europeans can teach us about creating bike-friendly cities? A delegation of European transportation experts are checking out the Bay Area cycling scene, and then sharing their ideas in public forums in Oakland Monday and San Francisco Tuesday.

Now America has Lance Armstrong, but the European cities seems to be light years ahead of ours in providing safe, connected trails and routes to get around on bicycles.  

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission invites the public to attend the forums with the international visitors 5:30 p.m. Monday at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, and 11 a.m. Tuesday at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Atrium, 1 South Van Ness Ave.

The topic: how to expand bicycle use and build comprehensive cycling networks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 This trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas is sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a public policy foundation.

The delegation includes a former Brussels regional parliament member, a Copenhagen traffic planner, a Dutch transportation expert, and an Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce adviser.


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