We Bicycle St. Paul: Better Biking, More Customers

Last Wednesday night, the Saint Paul City Council approved the city’s first ever bicycle plan in a 6-0 vote. This short video produced by St. Paul Women on Bikes explores bikes and bike infrastructure as an economic development tool in Saint Paul. I think it’s a great video (not at all just because I made it) including some of the growing amount of evidence showing that higher quality bicycle facilities can, more often than not, lead to better business results in communities that make such investments.

The video is also timely given the questionable valuation of on street car parking by some people criticizing the bike plan during the public hearing because of a number of spaces that could be replaced with a protected bikeway that will eventually complete a loop around downtown Saint Paul.

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One Response to We Bicycle St. Paul: Better Biking, More Customers

  1. Walker Angell
    Walker Angell March 24, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Another great video.

    Hopefully one day I or someone will do a post on the direct benefit to the local economy of not driving. Each mile we choose to walk or bike instead of drive is anywhere from $0.50 to $1.25. Choosing not to own a car may be $10,000 or more in annual savings. How much of these monies would we spend in local stores and eateries?

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