In case you didn’t know, Coloradans (is that what you prefer to be called?) love their bikes, and now their state says, “We hear ya!” This week at Interbike, the largest annual bike trade event in North America, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper announced a plan to spend more than $100 million over the next four years to make Colorado “the best state for biking.”
How does he plan to do this? The money will be spent over the next four years to add bike lanes, educate drivers, provide greater access to bicycles, and install road signals and signs specifically for cyclists, Gear Junkie reports.
Hickenlooper cited the bike culture in Copenhagen, where a quarter of all transportation spending is directed toward bikes and more than half of Denmark pedals to work, compared with fewer than 1 percent in the U.S. “Denmark clearly shows the benefits of making these long-term investments within narrow, achievable plans,” he said. “(The country) creates bicycle-friendly communities and infrastructure that far outweigh the costs.”
Jealous of Colorado? Hickenlooper also encouraged all Interbike attendees to “steal our ideas” and head home with a challenge for their own governors.