Cycling: Transit for Women with Groceries

There has been much debate in America over the years on how to integrate bicycling into urban transit. There is debate among cyclists about the value of multi-use-paths (MUPs). This article seems to draw the current trend, to design cycle oriented transit towards a typical user being a sixty year old woman with groceries.

I like the mention of the “bike station” — bike rental at bus stations. Unfortunately, the notion of renting standard safety bicycles might not be as useful as renting folding transit bicycles (which addresses current bus+cycle loop issues highlighted in the article) — or recumbent tricycles, which are less physically challenging and thus more appealing to older riders.