Does this project “relieve pressure” on city officials to create high-quality bike infrastructure?
In short: no. The Bike Streets Project is about galvanizing a movement of people riding bikes and using the strength of that community to successfully lobby for big investments in bike infrastructure upgrades. Bike Streets are not perfect and there are ample investment opportunities to make them more accessible to even more people.
The Bike Streets Project has always been about three questions:
Can we create a comprehensive map right now of low-stress Bike Streets?
Can we galvanize the community to ride the routes?
With people riding these routes, can we convince the city to invest heavily in them?
We think that having a lot of people riding bikes, supporting biking will increase pressure and indeed make it easier for officials to act.