Why Jamaica Needs Cycling Infrastructure Now

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My last blog post suggested that our urban planning and development completely sidelines trees/green space and pedestrians. Our city of Kingston is heading in an unsustainable direction. I did not mention bicycles but as a former cyclist myself (I cycled to and from work in the UK for several years, in all weathers!) to me this is a no-brainer, although it seems far from the planners’ and policymakers’ thoughts. Bikes are cheap, have zero carbon footprint, are environmentally friendly and… healthy! But the idea of bike lanes is a non-starter, it seems. As this great blog post – full of facts and figures and links to studies – suggests, bikes are not just for cycling clubs, “poor people” or those who can’t afford a car. They simply make sense, on many levels. Think about it!