Danger Bicycle Orlando
To an outsider Orlando Florida may seem like an attractive city to ride your bike on vacation. The flat topography presents no back-breaking hills, the climate is possibly the best in all of the United States, and who wouldn’t want to tour the awesome array of theme parks on a bicycle? Well, all the locals interviewed in this short film confidently describe Orlando as the least friendly bicycle city in America.
Perhaps part of the problem lies in the massive growth that Orlando experienced in the last 30 years. It grew by just 25% in just the last 10 years, despite the great recession. Developers and town planners have successfully geographically dispersed all the amenities without the simultaneous development of a complete street plan making it almost impossible to get around any other way than by car. Maybe your city has been similarly developed to Orlando?
The result is that you have a population desperate to enjoy their environment but honestly risk their life every time they take to the streets by bike. This narrow scope of development creates a culture of tension on the roads. The congestion leads to frustration and impatience with anyone that motorists perceive shouldn’t be there.
The solutions offered in the video below are familiar, but require political will on the part of our local elected officials. Infrastructure, education, and an unwavering commitment by our politicians to create the best all-inclusive living conditions possible are desperately required.
Cycling in America’s Least Bike Friendly City
Cycling in America’s Least Bike Friendly City from Mikey Massas on Vimeo.