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Listen: How to Bring Communities Back to Bicycling

Keith Holt is currently working to develop Milwakee Bicycle Works, a community bicycle shop. Before moving to Wisconsin, he was an organizer for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now known as the Active Transportation Alliance), where he worked to engage communities surrounding trails on Chicago's South Side. The trail he is most associated with is the Major Taylor Trail. In the clip above, Holt describes some of the hurdles that keep a community from cycling, even if the trail is convenient and resources like maps are easily available. "If you're going through communities that have been disconnected from cycling for decades," he says, "hardly anyone that you really want to use those trails are going to use them. People from other neighborhoods will use those trails. We have to bend bicycling to fit the neighborhood, not forcing the neighborhood onto bicycling. Bicycling is so vast, it's so expansive, it can bend to what the community needs."

Recorded at the Urban Pathways to Livable Communities conference, February 25, 2010.


Posted Thu, Apr 15 2010 1:51 PM by Stephen Miller (RTC)

Comments

Lucas wrote re: Listen: How to Bring Communities Back to Bicycling
on Wed, Jun 20 2012 7:45 PM

my uncle uses the bike to go to work everyday, and he has been doing this for quite sitmmoee. he does not only save money but also improved his health condition. he is as healthy as i am, not mentioning he'll be turning 50 this november.

 

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