Cities across Europe are building cycling infrastructure. I post about them all the time at bicycle forums.
This is the latest I've done:
"There is a coliseum in Milan, the traffic goes around it. I sat sipping what the Italians call coffee, and watched the Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis go by. Coming from Maine, where (back then) you never saw such things, I enjoyed the view more than I did in most museums.
But Milan has severe pollution from vehicles, and it's not bike friendly. That's about to change, completely and dramatically.
"Within 15 years, Milan should have one of the most comprehensive networks of protected bicycle lanes in all of Europe.When complete in 2035, the network — approved by theMetropolitan City of Milan in November 2021 and due to deliver its first major cycle highways by this summer — will provide Italy’s most populous metro area with 750 kilometers (466 miles) of segregated lanes. Dubbed the Cambio Biciplan (the “Change Bike Plan”) the 250 million-euro ($285 million) project’s target exceeds even the 680 kilometers of tracks planned for Europe’s current trailblazer for grand scale bike infrastructure, Paris and its surrounding metro area.
It will seek to ensure that 80% of Milan’s homes are within one kilometer’s distance of a fully protected axial cycle route, making it possible for residents to conduct almost all of their daily business on two wheels. This would be a paradigm shift in a city where heavy motor traffic still makes using shared streets unsafe and unappealing for bike riders."
Yes, Virginia, it can be done, many places are doing it, so why are we so totally f**ked that we can't?https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-14/milan-plans-bike-lane-infrastructure-to-rival-paris?utm_source=pocket-newtab
The gold standard is the Netherlands, of course. We can change, for the better.