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ThinkBike workshop: chicago

September 20, 2010

I recently received an email informing me of the ThinkBike workshops coming to North America this Fall. ThinkBike is a multi-city initiative born out of a collaboration between Dutch bike experts, local US and Canadian politicians, city planners, advocates and engineers. The goal: to come together and discuss how the US and Canada can become more bike friendly. Sounds awesome, right?

Why Dutch bike experts? Well, because of this…

The Netherlands is a country committed to sustainability, where nearly 30 percent of trips up to 5 miles in distance are made by bike. A strong bike policy is integral to Dutch sustainability measures. There are 1.1 bicycles per person in the Netherlands, resulting in less traffic, less pollution and a healthier population. – ThinkBike

Last week, I wrote about short-distance bike commuting and quoted you these statistics: only 2% of Americans bike commute regularly despite that 50% of Americans live within 5 miles of their work place. I would love to know how we could push up that meager 2% to something closer to 30%. Just think of all the energy savings and all of the health benefits from people getting out more and working their legs and lungs.

If you’re also interested in finding out more about this and are located in the Midwest (and more specifically – near or in Chicago), come to the ThinkBike workshop this week Thu-Fri (Sep. 23-24). Details here. Find out what the Dutch already know! And, in case you can’t tell, I’m not in Chicago and won’t be able to go. So if you do, I’d love to hear about it! Please report back to me and the readers of Simply Bike with your thoughts on the event. Thank you!

(image courtesy of ThinkBike)

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